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Juventus 1/1 to win against Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final

Juventus 1/1 to win against Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final Juventus 1/1 to win against Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final
Christy Curtis | 03 June, 2017, 02:35

Juventus defender Dani Alves, perhaps inspired by his many years spent with Real's arch rivals Barcelona, did look into the past as he dragged up the 1998 final between Real and Juventus which was decided for the Spaniards by a hotly-debated Predrag Mijatovic goal. Last year, he scored in regulation and converted a penalty kick in the shootout won by Madrid, also against Atletico.

Superstars with unreal football skills, absolute solid football that can extend to even more than 90 minutes, mind-blowing passes, mind-boggling dribbling and extraordinary goals could very well remain the order of the Saturday evening. Real Madrid may have the upper hand in this department though as they also have Modric, arguably the best midfielder in the world the past few seasons.

He has been doing an excellent job for Real Madrid. With five goals this season, it's already the most prolific campaign of his career in the competition.

This is the 19th encounter between Juventus and Real Madrid - all in the European Cup/Champions League, making this the second-most played fixture in the history of the tournament after Bayern Munich v Real Madrid (24).

Long-standing UEFA Champions League sponsor Mastercard have been challenging fans to prove their support for their teams this season.

Arsenal lost to Barcelona on that occasion but Buffon is determined to finally add the missing medal to his collection which includes multiple Serie A titles with Juve. "But we haven't won anything yet".

Gonzalo Higuain scored two goals in the first leg, as many as in his 24 previous Champions League knockout games. Tomorrow's match is very important to me. I don't know if it's his candor, or maybe his passion, but I do know that I'd love to have a beer with Gigi.

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A world champion with Italy in 2006 and eight-time Serie A victor with Juventus, Buffon finished on the losing side in his two previous Champions League finals in 2003 and 2015.

"I am not a person who thinks about himself". He could become the eighth Italian manager to win the title, more than any other nationality.

The Welshman seems a logical pick considering he will want to impress on home soil, but the 27-year-old has been dogged by injuries this season - the latest a calf problem - with Isco performing admirably in his absence. Madrid will get that chance on Saturday against Juventus, and Ronaldo will be leading the way.

"I've already played in such conditions in Amsterdam against Ajax and at the World Cup in 2002 and there's no real difference".

Buffon will be 39 years, 126 days old on Saturday, whereas fellow Italian great Paolo Maldini was 38 years, 331 days when he skippered Milan to victory against Liverpool in 2007.

One of Madrid's favourite sons has been instrumental in dethroning Barcelona and putting the club on the verge of becoming the first in history to retain the European crown in its current format.

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