Juve must be 'fiendish' to beat Real, says Allegri

Juventus knocked out Porto, Barcelona and Monaco to set-up Saturday's final against a Real Madrid side attempting to retain the Champions League crown.

These two clubs have met 18 times in Champions League history and have played to an even record of 8-8-2.

Juventus have lost their past four Champions League finals and six in total - more than any other club.

Appiah argues the Old Ladys have built formidable squad to topple the Spanish giants in Cardiff.

"I've experienced spectacular things with this club as a player, assistant coach and head coach". While the bookmakers are giving Real Madrid the edge, it seems to be Juventus' year, after decades of under-performance at the continental level! He was one of the team's leaders in assists, and his performances were good enough to earn him a place back in Brazil's national team under coach Tite, giving him an extra boost of confidence.

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At the heart of that Juventus defense is a guy looking to become the oldest Champions League victor: 39-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

"We do have trust in our capabilities for tomorrow", Buffon, in his 16th season at Juventus, said. The game will be played in Cardiff this Saturday, and Juventus is not expected to make too many changes to the side that has played the majority of the European campaign. Last year, he scored in regulation and converted a penalty kick in the shootout won by Madrid, also against Atletico.

MARCELO: The veteran left back had another remarkable season with Madrid, consistent in defense and decisive in attack with his skillful footwork and precise crosses. You can see the best defenders against probably the best strike force, so I think it is going to be a fantastic game. "It was the gift of pure talent combined with the will to conquer the world". Dybala joined Juan Cuadrado and Mario Mandzukic in a trio sitting just behind Gonzalo Higuain, while Miralem Pjanic has been behind them alongside Sami Khedira.

Allegri said his team had matured since that loss to Barcelona and now had greater self-confidence.

The Colombian played 13 times in the centre of the park, scoring five goals and providing four assists. Juve, meanwhile, are hoping to secure the triple, having already won Serie A and the Coppa Italia. "Compared with the 2015 final in Berlin, our squad has changed in nearly every position".

And Alves is certainly not anxious about facing Real Madrid, adding: "The only obsession I have is to win".

A world champion with Italy in 2006 and eight-time Serie A victor with Juventus, Buffon finished on the losing side in his two previous Champions League finals in 2003 and 2015.

"I used to play very well but scoring was not my speciality, I have scored some important goals but not many".

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