"I am the coach which means I am doing something right, but everyone in this squad is doing a phenomenal job", said Zidane after Real withstood an Atletico Madrid onslaught in the semi-finals. As we covered on our Goalkeepers Preview, the Italian side have only conceded 28 goals in 42 matches played by starting goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon this season, much to the delight of their hardcore Italian supporters and pundits who like their teams built around a solid defensive line.
Real Madrid are notorious for having a short fuse with managers, with Carlo Ancellotti being fired despite leading the club to their 10thr Champions League title in his first year. "Whoever makes the team, we will all help each other because the most important thing is that the team wins the final". "We don't want to make the same mistakes twice though I tend to take the positives from past experiences, even unhappy ones", Chiellini said.
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The two teams meet on Saturday in Cardiff, Madrid looking to defend their continental crown as Juve target their first win in the competition since 1996. "If you let certain players inside it, they will punish you".
"I have the Real Madrid DNA, that's for sure".
"Gareth doesn't have to say anything to me".
But Zidane shrugged off the suggestion of internal political pressure, adding: "Gareth doesn't have to say anything to me, I know that he's got a lot of motivation to play in his city". Saturday's team sheets will prove very interesting indeed, especially to Manchester United fans.
He also was a starter in last season's final.
Bale said he would accept whatever decision Zidane made.
"It's the last game of the season for us, and in my opinion it's the most important".
"We have to approach the game without anxiety, we are in a good physical and mental condition".
Isco has starred in Bale's place but the Wales worldwide has declared himself fit after recovering from a calf injury.
Allegri has deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation in the second half of the season that has allowed Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado to carve open opposition defences for Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain.