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Juventus vs Real Madrid: Champions League Final- Match Preview

Juventus vs Real Madrid: Champions League Final- Match Preview. Photo: Getty Images
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The European giants will go head-to-head against each other at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

Zidane’s men will be looking to defend their Champions League title and will be the first team to do so in the history of Champions League. But they face a solid and stubborn side of Massimilano Allegri who have played exceptional football this season.
So this match is the biggest match of this season as the two top clubs who have played the best brand of football clash against each other in an epic final.

Match Details

Date/Time:Saturday June 3rd/20:45 CET, 02:45pm EST/00:15 (IST) (4thJune, Sunday)
Television Telecast: TEN 2, BT Sports,beIN Sports,FOX Sports
Livestream: Directv Now, Totalsportek

Team News

Juventus

Allegri was worried about the fitness of some players before the final but the players have worked hard on their fitness and will be available for selection in this crucial fixture.
Sami Khedira will return for Juve’s final game of the season after picking up an injury in the semi-finals against Monaco, while Mario Mandzukic should also be fit to start.

Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain will have the added incentive of beating their former club Real in the final, while Dani Alves- one of the stars of the tournament – will be looking to defeat Los Blancos given his strong Barcelona allegiances.

Real Madrid

Zidane faces a huge call over whether to start Isco or Bale. 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 being a calf problem and with Isco performing admirably in his absence, the choice is far more difficult than it seems.

Real centre-back Pepe looks set to miss out with broken ribs, meaning Raphael Varane will likely continue alongside Sergio Ramos, whereas Dani Carvajal still remains doubtful.

Potential Lineups

Juventus

Juventus Lineup. Photo: Lntup

Real Madrid

Real Madrid Lineup. Photo: Lntup

Road to Finale

Juventus

The side from Turin was drawn in Group H alongside Sevilla, Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb.Juventus’ defence proved too much for the others to break as they concede just 2 goals in the 6 group games and they won the group being undefeated.

They were drawn against FC Porto in the Round of 16 and Juve were dominant over their Portuguese opponents in both the legs as it ended 3-0 in aggregate in favour of Juve.
Allegri’s men marched forward and were drawn against Barcelona in the Quarters, which could prove to be their toughest fixture till now. But things looked completely opposite as Juve ended the 1st leg with a scoreline of 3-0 at the Juventus Stadium. Barcelona failed to inspire themselves from the comeback against PSG and the match against Juventus in the 2nd leg ended in a goalless draw.

Juve marched forward and surprise package Monaco were their next opponents in the semis. Juve were too good for the young French side as the 1st leg ended 2-0 to Juve at the Principality stadium. With 2 away goals in the bag, Juve were confident that they can go through and especially at home, they are a real force to reckon with. Mario Mandzukic’s goal in the 2nd leg at Turin ended all hopes for Monaco and then star performer Dani Alves doubled the lead from distance, ending the tie for the French side. Mbappe did score a consolation goal at the end, which was the only goal Juve has conceded in the knockout stage this season.

Real Madrid

Zidane’s men were placed in a group with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Cp and Legia Warsaw. Real were behind Borussia after 6 matches as they finished 2nd in the group. They were drawn against Italian giants Napoli in the Round of 16 and The Los Blancos defeated the Italians 3-1 at the Bernabeu and scenes were absolutely similar to the 1st leg in Italy as Real again won 3-1. Zidane’s men won both the matches, coming from behind as Real’s forward line was too much for Napoli’s defence.

Then came the most exciting fixture in their journey when the Los Blancos were drawn against Bayern Munich in an epic Quarterfinal. Bayern went ahead in the 1st leg at the Allianz Arena but Javi Martinez’s red card turned the tides as they lost 2-1 at home. The 2nd leg was full of excitement as Bayern again went ahead courtesy of a Lewandowski penalty but Ronaldo was up to the task as he equalised. Bayern restored the lead by an own goal from Ramos but Ronaldo again stepped up when he was needed the most, he again levelled the scoreline, but the Portuguese talisman was clearly offside. It was not Bayern’s night and it was clear when Vidal was sent off for a clear tackle on the ball. Bayern kept fighting with 10 men as the match went on to extra time with Real emerging 4-2 winners courtesy of a controversial Ronaldo hat-trick.

After crossing the biggest hurdle in the Quarterfinals Real Madrid was drawn with their neighbours in the Semis and Ronaldo went rampant on the 1st leg at the Bernabeu as the Portuguese scored yet another hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Atleti. In the 2nd leg Atletico opened the scoring through Saul’s header and doubled the lead with Griezmann’s penalty but away goal from Isco was enough for the Los Blancos to drag them past their neighbours, as they book their place in Cardiff for the final.

Last time they reached the finals: A Contrast in fortunes

Video Credit: Harshit Singhai

Head-to-Head

Matches Played: 18, Juventus: 8 wins, Real Madrid: 8 wins and 2 draws.
Juventus have won four, drawn one, and lost two of their last seven meetings with Real Madrid, with both teams scoring in six of these games.