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Ramos: Zidane has tamed complicated Real Madrid

Ramos: Zidane has tamed complicated Real Madrid

Gianluigi Buffon, the 39-year-old Juventus veteran seeking his first Champions League title, takes on Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid star trying to win the title for the third time in four seasons.

The Los Blancos skipper told the prematch news conference at the Principality Stadium that reaching three finals in four years had been "unimaginable" when the club spent 12 years waiting for its "Decima" European Cup, but now they were looking forward to showing what they could do again. I lived with it as a player, and I'm living with it as a coach.

"I think he (Ronaldo) is a good person".

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. "I got more than I gave, but that would be the ideal finale and people like fairytales".

"We're very close to doing it (winning successive finals) and we're the first to be so close to doing it for so many years".

Coach Zinedine Zidane will nearly surely deploy the 4-4-2 formation he's used ever since Gareth Bale got injured, meaning that Isco will be the one starting behind Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo had missed that season's Copa del Rey final against Barcelona due to injury, and you have to go back to 2011 to find the last time he made a truly meaningful contribution to a final - another Copa del Rey meeting with Barcelona, when he scored the only goal with an extra time header which gave Jose Mourinho his first title as Real boss.

It will also be homecoming for Real's Welsh winger Gareth Bale who, if deemed fit to play, will strut his stuff in front of his own people. In the end anything can happen.

Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon will retire next year
GETTY Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon will retire next year

"That's what I'm interested in right now, everyone in good shape and at a high level".

Asked if he or the Portugal captain would be the bigger star, Zidane was unequivocal: "Ronaldo no doubt".

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid are accustomed to the pressure that comes with a final. "For sure. As he scores goals, which is the most important". Many coaches have tried before and found it hard.

I certainly do not expect Juve to sit back and defend against Madrid and I don't see the first goal of the game as crucial as many predict as both sides have enough attacking power to overcome a setback. I've seen it as a player, I've seen it as a coach.

"I have to exclude this possibility as far as I am concerned, so, yes, it will be much more special for me. I'm enjoying it all", Zidane said.

"Juventus is not just defence". 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. According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Zidane showed the Madrid players scenes from the movie "300" with his voice dubbed over it; pushing them to "fight for the team and for our families". They attack very well too. "I play whenever I think I should".

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.

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