1 last doubt for Zidane: Creative Isco or overpowering Bale?

Hope Soto
June 2, 2017

"I have the Real Madrid DNA, that's for sure".

- If Madrid beat Juventus, the Spanish side will become the first team to successfully defend the title since AC Milan in 1990.

Juve have won the trophy twice, in 1985 and 1996, but have lost in the final six times - more than any other club. This season he started from square one and he's been showing just what a good coach he's becoming.

Standing in the way of Real and history is a formidable Juventus side which is on course to register the Champions League's joint-best defensive record.

Forward Gonzalo Higuain (+900), who is due to deliver in a final and will be facing his former club, has the highest odds of any Juve player to score two or more goals on the Champions League final betting props. What remained elusive from Zidane's cabinet was the much coveted Champions League trophy.

"When you lose a final it's a disgusting feeling but it's part of football", Zidane added.

"He's now got more than 400 goals for Real Madrid in all competitions These are unbelievable stats, but with him anything's possible".

A Champions League victory, especially if Ronaldo has a big game, could clinch a fifth Ballon d'Or for Ronaldo as the World Player of the Year.

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"He has played a lot this year, but there have been a few occasions when he has been left out to have a breather". Talking about the 1997 defeat in a recent interview, the France legend described it as "tough" moment.

"To do it in games of that importance (like Spurs v Inter in 2010) just shows he's got what it takes mentally as well", said the retired striker, BT Sport's Champions League host. His career at Juventus came to a standstill, with fans losing patience with his raw attitude.

"There's only one Champions League like there's only one Superbowl and what matters is being in the right place at the right time".

Zidane was an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti when the Spanish club won the 2014 title against Atletico Madrid. While Nedved went on to establish himself as the ideal replacement for the French star, becoming one of the fans' favourite, winning Ballon d'Or in 2003, and taking the club to several title victories, Buffon became the loyal guard for the side. He then took over Madrid's "B" team before earning the chance with the main squad.

"The most important thing is that everyone is available and prepared for the game". "Yes, (Dybala) is the threat number one".

He has continued to improve, as demonstrated when inspiring Wales to the final four of Euro 2016, and Lineker - who also played in Spain as well as alongside Glenn Hoddle and Paul Gascoigne - believes he is among the Isles' very best.

Picking a favourite in this match is difficult―Real have the European pedigree, but Juventus are well-rested, have been in sensational form of late and boast a defence for the ages.

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