Juventus vs Real Madrid, the Champions League Final clash on 4th June at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales has been the talk of the town and both teams will be coming out with full force to become the best of the best.
Interestingly, Juventus is a side that forced Barcelona out of the competition and Real Madrid, on the other hand, lost against the latter during the La Liga El Clásico by 3-2. Stakes are going to be really high as the winner will go against the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League winner for the UEFA Super Cup and will also qualify for the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals as Union of European Football Associations’ representative.
While Juventus has won the title only twice and faced a record six defeats in the finals, Real Madrid, on the other hand, is the most successful team in Champions league’s history with 11 trophies and only three defeats in the finals.
Moreover, Cardiff is Gareth Bale’s Hometown and Cristiano Ronaldo too has some fond memories at the Millennium Stadium from his Manchester United days, which adds to the advantages of Real Madrid in the 2017 Champions League Final. However, Gareth Bale is yet to return to training after suffering from the calf injury he picked during the El Clasico defeat.
The Welshman has missed a staggering 27 games this season and is also not going through his best of forms, with the likes of Isco shining in his absence from the pitch. However, he is tipped to make a comeback in the Juventus vs Real Madrid Champions League Final but it seems like the goal-machine, Cristiano Ronaldo, along with a couple of other players wants him to be benched as the Catalans can’t afford a risk during their 12th top flight in the league.
According to reports from Diario Gol, Cristiano Ronaldo believes that his side is much stronger in the absence of Gareth Bale as Isco is going through his best of forms, building passes both at the center and while attacking, his important strike during the semi-final against Atletico Madrid being his latest confidence booster.
Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Casemiro and Fabio Coentrao have also backed the Portuguese national and don’t want to interrupt the consist fluency during the Juventus vs Real Madrid clash of the best.
Zinedine Zidane has also remained mum about Gareth Bale’s comeback during the final clash and said, “We have to take it one day at a time. he is trained using the indoor facilities, but every day he gets better. We will see how he goes, but he’s not back in the group just yet and I can’t tell you when he’ll return. I hope he’s back soon”.
As for the game itself, it is one of the biggest battles that Cardiff could have hoped for the magnitude of the occasion we will be to witnessing is beyond questioning. It’s a dream finale for everyone including the teams and the fans, and all eyes will be set on Real Madrid as they are also closing in on the La Liga Title.