Juventus vs Real Madrid Preview | All You Need To Know

This is the 19th encounter between Juventus and Real Madrid – all in the European Cup/Champions League, making this the second-most played fixture in the history of Europe’s premier club competition after Bayern Munich v Real Madrid (24).

The head-to-head record between Juventus and Real Madrid is perfectly balanced, with eight wins each and two draws. However, their only meeting in the final saw Real Madrid win 1-0 in 1998 thanks to a Pedrag Mijatovic goal.

Real Madrid have reached the European Cup/Champions League final for the 15th time, four more than any other club (AC Milan, 11). They’ve won 11 of the previous 14, a 79% success rate.

This is Real Madrid’s third European Cup/Champions League final in four seasons, a feat they hadn’t accomplished since the early days of the competition (5 in a row from 1956 to 1960).

Real Madrid will attempt to become the first team since AC Milan (1989, 1990) to win back-to-back European Cup/Champions League trophies.

Juventus are the only unbeaten team in this season’s Champions League (W9 D3).

Gonzalo Higuain scored two goals in the first leg, as many as in his 24 previous Champions League knockout games. With five goals this season, it’s already the most prolific campaign of his career in the competition.

Dani Alves has scored more goals (10) and delivered more assists (25) than any other full-back in the Champions League since his debut in 2007/08.

Real Madrid have kept only one clean sheet in 12 Champions League games this season.

14 of Real Madrid’s last 15 Champions League goals have been scored from the 42nd minute onwards.

Cristiano Ronaldo has reached the 10-goal mark for the sixth consecutive Champions League campaign – no other player has done it on more than two consecutive seasons (Messi, Van Nistelrooy).

If he plays, Gianluigi Buffon will be the second oldest player to feature in a European Cup/Champions League final (39 years and 4 months) after Edwin van der Sar (40 years and 6 months). The Italian goalkeeper has lost his first two finals, both with Juventus (2003 and 2015).

Zinedine Zidane could win his second Champions League in only his second season as manager of a first team. He was in the Juventus side that lost against Real Madrid in the only previous Champions League final between both teams back in 1998.

Wales are hosting their first ever European Cup/Champions League final. It’s the 17th country to do so.

 

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