Champions League Final Preview

Juventus take on Real Madrid in Cardiff in the Champions League final. An intriguing game that has many people split on their prediction. Real Madrid will become the first side to win back to back titles if they triumph in Cardiff on Saturday night. Since the reincarnation of Europe’s top competition in 1993, no team has ever managed to win the trophy in consecutive years, with AC Milan the last team to do so in 1989 and 1990 when the it was the European Cup.

Juventus last won the Champions League in 2006, under the guidance of Marcello Lippi. The Serie A champions have also lost their last four appearances in the Champions League final, the latest against Barcelona in 2015. Real Madrid could welcome back Gareth Bale for the final, the Welshman’s return would be a huge boost for the Spanish Giants. Bale has not appeared in a Real Madrid shirt since suffering a calf injury against Barcelona on 23rd April. Juventus have more or less a fully fit squad ahead of the final in Cardiff, Marko Pjaca and Daniele Rugani being the only absentees for Allegri’s men.

This game is likely to be tight, Juventus kept a threatening looking Monaco side at bay, in the semi final. While Real Madrid edged out their rivals Atletico Madrid. Records are at stake. Real are looking for the 12th title, Juventus looking to become the ninth team and only the second Italian side after Internazionale Milan (2010) to complete the treble. A perfectly balanced matchup, eight wins each and two draws between the two teams. The 19th tie will be between Europe’s strongest attack and its stingiest defence. All eyes will be on Cardiff.

Prediction:

I fancy Juventus to edge it. Their defence has been outstanding and I think they will be again here. Real Madrid possess such attacking threat, however I believe Juventus have enough quality in their back-line to triumph in Cardiff.

It will be a tight game, I will be very surprised if we see a host of goals. I fancy Gonzalo Higuain to get on the score-sheet in Cardiff.

Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1