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Ronaldo back to break new ground at Champions League final

Zinedine Zidane vs. Max Allegri Ronaldo back to break new ground at Champions League final
Lamar Ellis | 03 June, 2017, 01:47

All roads will lead to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff when Juventus play holders Real Madrid in the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, with the Bianconeri confident of scuppering Los Blancos' history-making charge on Saturday.

- Real Madrid have reached the final for the 15th time, four more than any other club (AC Milan, 11). The match will be played under a roof for the first time because of fears of a drone attack.

A World Cup victor who still holds the record as France's most capped player, Thuram was also part of the Juventus side - along with Buffon and Nedved - that lost on penalties to AC Milan in 2003.

Dybala, however, is still on the radars of the La Liga champions who will decide whether the star striker is worth a three-figure bid this summer. He was a regular visitor to the Welsh national stadium during his Manchester United career while it staged English soccer's finals, although the only time he played under cover he lost.

Zinedine Zidane has named his final squad for the most important game of the European calendar - the UEFA Champions League final. "Personally, I want him to stay because he's a very good player in my eyes and he should stay because he still has a lot to give to this shirt and he's still very young".

"Juventus undoubtedly one of the big clubs in the world and are very much experience when it comes to playing in the Champions League, " Appiah told Joy Sports.

Juventus have conceded only three goals in the Champions League this season, with the goal conceded in their 2-1 win over Monaco in the semi-final second leg ending a run of not conceding for 690 minutes of European football.

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The Juventus stopper continues to defy father time as one of the world's premier goalkeepers at the ripe old age of 39.

The 23-year-old Dybala has made an impact on the worldwide stage this season, so much that he even earned comparisons with compatriot Lionel Messi. "I got more than I gave, but that would be the flawless finale and people like fairytales".

Juventus is known for its sturdy defense, but it will be supported by a formidable attacking unit led by Paulo Dybala.

Arguably the finest sporting export the Czech Republic has ever produced, 2003 Ballon D'or victor Pavel Nedved came close to winning a maiden Champions League title during his reign of dominance at Juventus in the early 2000s.

Two former players, Massimiliano Allegri and Zinedine Zidane will be operating from the sidelines on Saturday, each trying to win one last trophy in what has been a remarkable season for both clubs.

Many Juventus fans have maintained that Mijatovic was offside when he scored, but he said: "Then, they did not have the technology of today, but I am convinced it was a legal goal".

Gonzalo Higuain, however, is perhaps the only player with a suspect record in finals. We should be very pleased that we've made it this far, but we're going into this year with a completely different level of belief than in 2015. Now it's about preventing a repeat of the 2015 final loss to Barcelona.


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