Focus on Juventus ahead of Champions League final

Juventus are this weekend looking to become European champions for just the third time.

Here, Football Paradise looks at the Bianconeri ahead of the Champions League final against holders Real Madrid in Cardiff.

European record

Juventus were crowned continental champions in 1985 and 1996, but have lost six other finals – more than any other team. Massimiliano Allegri’s men were beaten 3-1 by Barcelona two years ago and was the fourth final the Italian giants lost in succession, but they are part of a select group that Real Madrid are unable to join. Along with Ajax, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, Juve have won all three major UEFA trophies, including the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as the Club World Cup or the Intercontinental Cup.


Juventus are bidding to become the ninth team to complete the treble. Allegri’s men beat Lazio to win the Coppa Italia last month, becoming the first side to triumph in the competition three times in a row. Days later they retained the Scudetto with a game to spare, wrapping up a sixth straight Serie A crown. They have shown similarly impressive form in the Champions League, winning nine and drawing three of their 12 matches in this season’s competition. They are bidding to become the first team since Manchester United in 2008 to lift the trophy unbeaten.


Former AC Milan boss Allegri was an unpopular appointment in Turin following his arrival in July 2014, but has worked wonders since succeeding current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. The 49-year-old led Juventus to the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia in his first season, as well as taking them to the Champions League final. Allegri won the domestic double in 2015-16 and a treble is on the cards this term.

Key men

Juventus have an exceptional team built on an outstanding defence. Long-serving goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, the sole survivor of their 2003 final appearance, is dreaming of winning the Champions League at the age of 39, with Leonardo Bonucci the standout player in a defence that has conceded just three times in the run to the final. Dani Alves is an outstanding option on the right and in Paulo Dybala they boast one of the brightest attacking talents in the game. Top scorer Gonzalo Higuain is a handful for any team.

Football Paradise Staff Reporter

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