With Real Madrid taking on Juventus in a fixture filled with history, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made a surprising claim.
The two sides have faced each other 20 times over the last 56 years and as of right now the fixture is currently tied, with identical records with both Real Madrid and Juventus winning 9, drawing 2 and losing 9 games apiece. However, while Real Madrid did go on to beat Juventus in last year’s final, Juventus did beat the Los Blancos in the 2014/15 semi-final.
Despite winning a La Liga and Champions Leauge double last season, Real Madrid has struggled this season and are 13 points off the top in the La Liga, But while they have won their last 10 games, it’s fair to say that Barcelona has the La Liga crown in the bag. However, with their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo entering 2018 in incredible form scoring 22 goals since the turn of the new year.
But despite all that history, Manager Zinedine Zidane believes that the past has nothing to do with the present. During his pre-match press conference, the 1998 World Cup winning Frenchman went on to say “This game has nothing to do with what happened 10 months ago. It’s another tie, another match and stage and we have to prepare things well.
The game is completely different to the Cardiff final. We are not very different because we are more or less the same players, but since then our season has not been as good as we expected.”
Meanwhile, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague wrote in his column for Sky Sports, saying “The final does allow Juventus to play the underdog card but they have good competition in Serie A this season while Real Madrid are only playing for the Champions League. It’s the Champions League and Real Madrid, they go together and Real play in a different way.
Both teams know they don’t need to play really well to win, history has shown that. They know they will always have a chance and it’s about grabbing it. Juventus will allow Real Madrid to have possession and Real Madrid will keep it because they are comfortable with the ball.”
A highly competitive tie and one that both teams will most definitely look to win, but with Real Madrid’s rather impressive form in the Champions League, can Juventus outdo them once again or will it be a task too much to stop the incredible Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the match-up will be made tougher thanks to the fact that the Turin side will be missing the likes of Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia via suspension, while Real Madrid only has Nacho out with an injury.
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