Juventus and Real Madrid for the Champions League Final

Published Thursday, May 11, 2017 1:57 PM by Shane Barrow

Both Real Madrid and Juventus navigated the second legs of their respective Champions League semifinal matches to set up a mouth-watering Champions League final after getting past Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco. Zinedine Zidane’s side can become the first team to retain the trophy when they face off with air tight Juventus in Cardiff, Wales on 3 June.

This is Real Madrid's third final in the past four years while Juventus will be aiming to lift the trophy for a third time after title victories in 1985 and 1996. The last time the Old Lady made the final was two seasons ago, when they lost out to Barcelona. This is not the first time that these two teams will meet in the Champions League final. The last (and only) meeting in the final came in 1998 in Amsterdam, Germany where Real Madrid won 1-0 on a 66th minute Pedrag Mijatovic goal.

It will defintely be a clash of two styles in Cardiff as the high flying attack of Real Madrid led by the dynamic Cristiano Ronaldo will set up against the almost perfectly tactical Juventus squad led by a defense that rarely get breached with the ageless Buffon in goal.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has predicted that "sparks will fly".  "It will be a very nice final for those who love football. The sparks will fly with every challenge."

The main question stands is whether Cristiano Ronaldo and friends can break down the super organized Juventus defense and in the meantime not get hit the other way by Higuain.  A little bit of interesting history though.  Since 1989 a team from Serie A has won the title every 7th year and this is a 7th year. If history holds that leans towards Juventus. It will definitely be a fascinating Champions League Final this year on June 3rd.