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Champions League Final preview – What to know

June 2, 2017 by  
Filed under La Liga, Serie A, UEFA Champions League

2017 UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid – Juventus

As the Champions League Final will deliver its verdict tomorrow, both Real Madrid and Juventus coaches sat down with the media less than 24 hours before the Final. 

Coach Real Madrid – Zinedine Zidane: 

“We’re ready. We’ve worked extremely hard to get here. We’ve won LaLiga as well. We’re in great shape and now it’s time to play this well deserved final. The most important thing is that all of us are ready to play this match”.
 
There’s no pressure. At Madrid we live with pressure every day. I’ve experienced it as a player and as a coach. We all know what this club is about. They’re saying we’re favorites but football doesn’t work like that. It’s a final and anything can happen. It’s 50-50, there are no favorites. We’re going to try and do everything we can to win the Champions League once again.

I’m the coach of this team but there are a lot of us here. We are experiencing something incredible. It’s very special to be playing another final and we’re all ready. Many things can happen over the course of a match. Each team is going to play their own game and we know we’re up against a great side. We all want to see a beautiful final”.

Coach Juventus – Massimo Allegri:

“Tomorrow’s game is something we’ve been working for all year. We need to do everything we can to bring the trophy home,” the coach said.

Real are favorites, as the holders of the trophy. But we know what we’ve done and what we’ve built up to this point. Well bring everything they don’t have to this game. If they match us, then we’ll bring even more.

It’s a final and finals are there to be won. Everything we’ve done and achieved so far this season has been training for this match. Tomorrow we must play our own game, and not think about our opponents or the statistics. We’ll need to read the various stages of the match carefully and play with desire, conviction and endeavor.

Of course we’ll need to be on our game technically too. Finals are decided by fine details. We have to stop our opponents from playing, harry them, play to our strengths and exploit their weaknesses.”

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