Juventus and Real Madrid, the two European giants, face each other at National Stadium in Cardiff in the Champions League final. Los Blancos aim to defend their trophy, but Juve are enjoying a season to remember and they should not be underestimated.
12-game unbeaten run
For this article we asked Bryan Adams, sports betting guru at FootballPredictions.com, what he thinks about the upcoming CL final. According to him, Juventus have established themselves as the dominant force in Italian football, but they have been playing an important role in the Champions League in recent years as well. The Bianconeri have been producing terrific displays in the elite competition this term and they did well to roll over star-studded Barcelona in the quarter-finals. The defensive partnership of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini has been in a perfect working order and, no doubt, Juve are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. When the two teams met in the knockout stages of the elite competition two seasons ago Max Allegri’s team emerged triumphant and that is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday’s showdown. You should bear in mind that Juventus are on a 12-match unbeaten run in the Champions League ahead of the title game.
Midfielder Marko Pjaca remains in the recovery room with injury, while Dani Alves returns from a domestic ban. Coach Max Allegri has no other selection worries ahead of the trip to Wales.
Los Blancos eyeing “La Duodecima”
Real Madrid are on a quest to defend their trophy. Los Blancos clinched their 11th European Cup title last season, with the team beating their local rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties in the title game and they could became the first team to defend the prestigious trophy. Zinedine Zidane is doing a great job with the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu outfit and thanks to a 2-0 win over Malaga the capital club regained the La Liga trophy. Real Madrid are high on confidence ahead of the National Stadium clash against Juventus, but Saturday’s game will be anything but a walk in the park or the title holders. Cristiano Ronaldo impressed in the two-legged ties against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid and all eyes will be on the Portuguese ace when the two teams face each other in Wales. It has to be noted that CR7 has already netted ten goals in the process and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Gareth Bale is unlikely to be risked, while full-back Dani Carvajal is likely to miss the game with injury. Coach Zinedine Zidane is likely to stick to the 4-3-3 formation.
Juventus and Real Madrid seem to be evenly matched at the moment and a close encounter appears on the cards. Both teams are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the title game and there is every chance the two teams will share the spoils (after 90 minutes). In their last meeting in the Champions League Real Madrid and Juventus played out a 1-1 draw at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.