A Riveting Prelude to Champions Final

May 13, 2017, 02:03
A Riveting Prelude to Champions Final

Ours is 18 and we have a lot of players who are 21, 22, 23, and I think that is the difference.

Looking ahead to the final, Alves and Juventus face a hard challenge in Real Madrid, who will be aiming to become the first team in the Champions League era to win back-to-back titles in the competition.

Hotel prices in Cardiff have sparked questions regarding the city's suitability as the venue of the Champions League final in June.

"The goal we conceded today was really annoying". We want to win the final.

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He was among the top performers when the Bianconeri eliminated the Blaugrana in the quarter-finals, and set up two goals and scoring one in Juve's 4-1 aggregate semi-final victory over Monaco.

Trezeguet, now an ambassador for the Italian champions having represented them in is playing days, feels Juve now have the capability to stand toe-to-toe with Zinedine Zidane's competition holders. Mbappe, who was not yet born when Buffon made his FIFA World Cup™ debut with Italy, has nevertheless warned that the tie is far from over: "We know it's hard, but we're going to do all we can to play a great game".

Two years ago, Juventus was in a similar position but it lost the final 3-1 to Barcelona.

"We're very proud of this exceptional European run", Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev said. "He's been probably the most influential player in it".

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Leonardo Bonucci hailed Dani Alves' ability to adapt to Juventus' style of play after eight years at Barcelona and labelled the Brazilian "an alien" following his fine performances in recent weeks. "Now we're a certainty".

"He has given us experience and enthusiasm, he has taken a little time to understand Italian football and Juventus, but now he has reached unreal levels".

Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic made brilliant saves on Gonzalo Higuain and Mandzukic's attempts.

"I think the change of system gave us the awareness that we are more "European" and that's been our force together with the fact that we all sacrifice ourselves for the team", Bonucci said.

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