Champions League final: Real Madrid, Juventus eye history in Cardiff

Completing a season when age has slowly caught up with him, Cristiano Ronaldo will be trying to break new ground on familiar territory.

The first Champions League final to be played under a closed roof in Cardiff will create an ear-splitting atmosphere when Real Madrid take on Juventus on Saturday, but will have no impact on the result, says Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon. We're in great shape and now it's time to play this well deserved final. It is 50-50. But we are in the final again, and everything is possible.

Alicia Keys performed before last season's final in Milan.

Buffon's lack of success in the Champions League, is however mirrored by his club.

"I have the feeling that we are going to score goals and win". I don't know if that's a concern to our rivals, but we don't live on our past.

It's match day in Cardiff where Juventus and Real Madrid will face off in the Champions League final.

No wonder 39-year-old Buffon looks like he could play forever, such is the strength of the defence Juve have erected and which Gerard Pique described as a "mountain" after their quarter-final loss. "Many people think about my very long career". Tomorrow's match is very important to me. The last Final against Madrid, they won with an offside goal.

For Australian viewers looking to watch the match, it is being televised through BeIN Sports, which means there's a number of different ways available to watch it. "It was not just the gift of pure talent". You have to enjoy the moment and try to make the night more special. "It was the gift of pure talent combined with the will to conquer the world".

They have been longtime teammates in Brazil's national team and are expected to be starters under coach Tite in next year's World Cup in Russian Federation. In the central pivot midfield roles, Sami Khedira and Miralem Pjanic are expected to start behind the attacking trident of Mandzukic, Dybala, and Dani Alves.

"We are not favourites, nor are Juventus".

Overall, a mouthwatering contest awaits football fans as two in-form teams who have been consistent throughout the season lock horns for the most wanted crown in European club football. In 2015, Juve fell 3-1 to FC Barcelona in Berlin.

"Perhaps we not strongly motivated", Allegri said. "Juventus has improved a lot".

After winning the Serie A title as well as the Coppa Italia this season, Juventus could also become the fifth club in the UCL era to win the main treble, which would see Massimiliano Allegri join the elite list of managers achieving this that includes Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Jupp Heynckes and Luis Enrique.

Zidane's former France teammate, ex-Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit shared the sentiment.

"Antonio Conte was the right man at the right time - the "martello" that Juventus needed to hammer them back into shape and make sure that the great players who were already there (Buffon, Chiellini etc) fulfilled their potential".

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