Final against Juventus will be special, says Zidane

  • Final against Juventus will be special, says Zidane

Final against Juventus will be special, says Zidane

Massimiliano Allegri's men have steadily improved, easing past Porto before completing a remarkable 3-0 aggregate win over Barcelona, which featured a shutout at the Nou Camp. In the second half we played better, with Isco between the lines, Benzema.

Oddschecker shows Madrid are slight favourites to prevail at the Principality Stadium and complete a feat never before achieved, winning the Champions League in back-to-back seasons.

The silky midfielder helped Juventus to two Serie A trophies among others as he won the Ballon d'Or in 1998 before joining Madrid three years later in what was a world-record transfer at the time.

Rio Ferdinand and Steve McManaman both believe that England's best clubs are a long way off the leading teams in Europe after watching Real Madrid defeat rivals Atletico Madrid in a Champions League semi-final that highlighted the gulf that the Premier League have allowed to develop.

"We just weren't good enough at the Bernabeu", Simeone said.

Captain Sergio Ramos has become one of the top central defenders in the game and a threat to score with a header on every corner or free kick. "The hearts of some of the players we have are huge and they transmit so much passion to their teammates".

Three games over the next eight days will determine if Madrid can end Barcelona's dominance of La Liga. The players returned from the changing rooms several minutes after the game to greet the fans. Simeone was loudly cheered.

"He has also been a long-term player and sometimes it is important to feel what the player thinks".

The hosts fed off a ferocious atmosphere for their final Champions League match at the Vicente Calderon before moving to the Wanda Metropolitano next season. They took posession and converted chances to score twice in the first twenty minutes, sending a shiver down the visitors, who were put in a risky spot.

Real Madrid will now hope to defend their Champions League title when they take on Juventus in the summit showdown on June 4.

Karim Benzema's sensational solo dribble on the left byline took out three defenders and he cut the ball back for Toni Kroos to drive a shot at goal.

However, Real Madrid missed the last weekend's victory over Granada after Zidane revealed in the preview of the game that the France worldwide had suffered another setback. Madrid has scored 167 goals since a 0-0 draw at Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals past year.

Simeone's intentions were clear on the sidelines as he urged his team and supporters on, but Real drew on all of their Champions League experience to weather the storm and limit the damage from the early spell of pressure.