Numbers to know for Champions League final

Solenn Plantier
Juin 2, 2017

That also puts Los Blancos on the brink of their first league and European Cup double in 59 years as they seek to become the first side to retain the European trophy in successive seasons in its current format.

Zinedine Zidane's Madrid are aiming to become the first club to claim back-to-back titles in the Champions League era, having seen off city rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties in Milan previous year. We knew we could defend well.

"They can play together and the important thing is that they come in to this final stretch of the season in very good shape", Zidane reiterated.

Juventus last won the competition in 2006 under Marcello Lippi and have been beaten on their past four appearances in the final including a 2015 loss to Barcelona.

Bale led Madrid to the Champions League past year by ending the season in the form of his life. We want to make it a flawless season by winning the Champions League. Making the final is incredible.

- This year's Champions League final will be played at the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff, which was opened in 1999 for the Rugby World Cup.

"I won't be disappointed if I'm not in the team - I would be disappointed if I hadn't made it in time to be at the final". However, I am still the player who has played the most minutes in the team.

"We're intelligent, and even he sometimes needs to play a bit less", Zidane said. "Zidane intelligently managed the squad". Madrid are 5.75 (Coral) to win in 90 minutes with Juventus scoring, which offers a juicy bet for this most mouth-watering of season finales.

"I think Juventus will win the Champions League".

With eight goals in his last four knockout stage appearances, Ronaldo has nearly single-handedly fired Zinedine Zidane's side into Saturday's Champions League final with Juventus.

The showpiece event of European football has two finalists worthy of the occasion as both have sewn up their respective leagues since their semi-final triumphs.

Bianconeri muted FC Porto in the round of Last 16 to progress smoothly to the quarter-finals, when a side as strong and attack-oriented as Barcelona was shut down, much to the amazement of the global football audience.

Standing in the way of Real and history is a formidable Juventus side which is on course to register the Champions League's joint-best defensive record. They are the first team since Atlético Madrid in 2013/14 to reach the final without losing a single game.

Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic wishes to fulfill his dream of winning the Champions League by exploiting the "weaknesses" of Real Madrid in Cardiff.

"Real Madrid must be careful as Juventus have talented players such as [Paulo] Dybala and [Gonzalo] Higuain".

Dani Alves has scored more goals (10) and delivered more assists (25) than any other full-back in the Champions League since his debut in 2007/08. The squad rotation Zidane employed down the stretch in La Liga was successful largely because he kept a lot of fringe players happy and focused.

Ronaldo will likely secure his fifth Ballon d'Or if he Real succeed against Old Lady to level up with his arch nemesis, Lionel Messi.

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