03 Jun, 13:30
Juventus and Real Madrid face each other in the Champions League final at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday, a repeat of the 1997/98 Champions League showpiece, with holders Madrid aiming to be the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League title - 99.99% possible.
Juventus defenders aren’t ready...
In a game that is likely to be a case of attack against defence, Real Madrid ARE favourites to win the title once again this year, considering their attacking prowess and sheer quality upfront.
Clearly, The Los Blancos have better attacking stats of their upcoming rivals, scoring more goals, creating more chances, hitting more shots on target, providing a greater counter-attack threat and possessing superior attacking aerial threat.
Theoretically and statistically, Juventus are up against the best team in Europe - the team with the world’s best player currently, an in form Cristiano Ronaldo who has scored 10 goals in the competition - twice as many goals as Juve's most prolific striker Gonzalo Higuain.
More notable instances include Real's tendency to attempt more dribbles, with Isco, Luka Modric, Marcelo and Mateo Kovacic inclined to run with the ball.
Odds are in their favour…
Madrid are bidding to become the first team to retain the trophy in the UEFA Champions League era – and are in a third final in four years, having beaten city rivals Club Atlético de Madrid in both 2014 and 2016, need we say more?
The Spanish giants have won all five of their UEFA Champions League finals, a record number of wins, while Juve have lost the fixture more times than any other club – four. Indeed, their only victory was on penalties – against AFC Ajax in 1996.
Zidane’s men are a hard-nosed, winning juggernaut, and after sealing the La Liga title in May, they will be more confident going into the final as they set their sights on a historic double.
The man of the hour, Zidane, deserves more credit for his work; he has, to a great extent, unified a club that is so often beset by divisions and his team is imbued with a winning mentality to accompany their talent.
Zidane deserves more credit...
He definitely will become the first manager to lead a team to retaining Europe’s most elite club competition trophy, his main man. Cristiano Ronaldo is just too much for anyone to handle, even the Juventus backline will eventually struggle to keep him out.
Real Madrid had a few minor wobbles earlier on in the year but Zinedine Zidane isn't earning the plaudits he deserves this season - This is yet another reason the Frenchman will be seeking to disapprove critics and silence doubters.
Madrid have won their last four games against Italian opposition.
It's time for Los Blancos to prove they have the firepower needed to win the Champions League title once again.