Juventus or Real Madrid? Champions League Final: 4th June 2017 12:15 AM IST, National Stadium, Cardiff, UK
The Champions League final kicks off tomorrow night (4th June, 2017 12:15 AM IST) in Cardiff with high stakes. Is it going to be a treble for Juventus? Real Madrid is the only thing standing between The Old Lady and their 3rd title as the club has already captured the Scudetto and Coppa Italia. After winning the league with 3 clear points, Real Madrid is now looking to defend their European cup title. The club has already bagged 11 European and UEFA Champions League titles till date, including the first 5 seasons of Champions League.
The Bianconeri sports off goal scoring talents like Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain and ample amount of experience with the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Dani Alves. Most fans argue that Max Allegri’s team has shown a collective team effort in comparison to Madrid’s individual talent this season. A similar 3-4-2-1 has been seen mostly throughout the season and is expected tomorrow as well. With the likes of Pjanic and former Real Madrid Midfielder, Sami Khedira bolstering the defence, we should see Alex Sandro and Dani Alves easily pushing upfront. Italian internationals Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini will hold the defensive line. Even in the transfer window, Juve have set their eyes on Bayern Munich star Douglas Costa, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
As for Los Blancos, Welsh International Gareth Bale has now returned to full training. Being out with a calf injury for the past six weeks, Manager Zinidine Zidane looks set to bench him and play Isco instead. The squad will comprise of Keylor Navas between the poles, with Raphael Varane and Captain Sergio Ramos to defend, followed by the regular pair of Marcelo and Carvajal at full back positions. Isco alongside Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Casemiro in the midfield.
Up front, the goal scoring pair of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo taking the reins, Zidane will play the usual 4-4-2 Diamond formation, in which it is difficult for Bale to fit into easily. The midfield quartet has proved their worth in terms of possession, Isco providing support to both the forwards and Casemiro helping the center backs, giving the full-backs plenty of widths. Meanwhile, in the transfer market, Los Merengues are set to launch a £ 100 Million bid for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, according to the Metro.
The UEFA Champions Festival in Cardiff Bay is the place to be at for entertainment. The Festival opening ceremony will take place at 10:00 AM BST on Thursday, 1st June when ambassador Ian Rush brings the UEFA Champions League trophy to the floating pitch in Cardiff Bay which will stage the festival’s big footballing showcases.
UEFA’s ‘Together #WePlayStrong’ campaign, which is encouraging women and girls to get into football, will be launched on the floating pitch on Thursday at 13:00. Other highlights include the UEFA Ultimate Champions Match on Friday 2nd June, featuring a variety of former Champions League stars. The UEFA Champions Gallery, at the Wales Millennium Centre, will celebrate the tournament, and the great work being done across Wales by clubs, schools, and communities.
The stage is set, are you? Who, according to you, is going to be the winner this time? Do you think the game will end in 90 minutes? Do let us know in the comment sections below. Also, tell us the score-line and the goal scorers.