History Will Be Made In Cardiff


And so there we have the finalists of this year’s UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff which will be a truly a clash of titans and a repeat of the final which happpened 19 years ago.Real Madrid and Juventus have so much history between each other and in Cardiff the next chapter in their rivalry will be written and both clubs are the most dominant in their home countries with the difference that Real is also the most successful club in Champions League history with 11 titles against Juventus’s 2 titles and history will be made in Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium.Juventus has just won its sixth consecutive Serie A scudetto by fending off its biggest competitor AS Roma and it is in the final of the Coppa Italia against Roma’s city rival Lazio where on Wednesday they are looking to achieve a third consecutive double.Since the bianconeri have no competition with the Milan clubs tanking for another consecutive season and Napoli and Roma besides they have solid squads have no where near the buying power of the bianconeri,they have turned their attention to Europe.Two years ago in Berlin the bianconeri were defeated 3-1 by FC Barcelona in the final,but this season they got their rematch when in the quarterfinals they defeated the blaugrana 3-0 where Paulo Dybala scored twice in the first leg and made a 0-0 draw in the second leg at Camp Nou and with that Messi and Co were out of the competition and put the bianconeri into the semifinals where they faced the surprise of this season’s competition-AS Monaco which the bianconeri easily defeated with 2-0 and 2-1 in both legs.For the bianconeri this is their ninth final,but only twice they won the competition-in 1985 in the notorious Heysel final against Liverpool in Brussels which was marked by the death of 39 Juventus fans and in 1996 when the final was in Rome against Ajax which the bianconeri won on penalty shootouts when the match after 120 minutes was deadlocked in a 1-1 draw.That generation of Juventus which won the UEFA Champions League featured the names like Deschamps,Conte who has led Juventus to Serie A scudettos as a coach and this season he won the Premier League with Chelsea,Ravanelli,Vialli,Jugović,Ferrara,Del Piero and others with Marcello Lippi on the bench they were by far one of the best generaton of Juvetus players,but ever their last victory in the Champions League in Rome,the bianconeri suffered defeats,first it was Borussia Dortmund in the final in Munich,then Real Madrid in Amsterdam and in the all-Italian final in Manchester against their rivals AC Milan,the rossoneri won the lottery of penalty shootouts,but prior to the 2003 final the bianconeri defeated in the semifinals Real Madrid besides the Blancos won the first match 2-1 thanks to goals by Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos but in the return leg at the Stadio Delle Alpi the bianconeri routed out the Blancos by winning 3-1 which featured a goal scored by Zinedine Zidane who from 1996 to 2001 was in the squad of the bianconeri before making his switch to Real Madrid,where he won the UEFA Champions League in 2002.Now the bianconeri are going to Cardiff in an attempt to make history and win the treble which will give them the status of the most powerful club in Europe this season.On the other side there is Real Madrid,the Blancos are chasing the 33rd La Liga title and the first since 2012 when they last time won which marked a period of a drought at Bernabeu and coupled with the fact they were routed out Celta Vigo in ther quarterfinals of the Copa Del Rey,winning the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League is what remains for Zidane,Cristiano Ronaldo and co.,since there is talk to clean out the locker room during the summer where players like Bale and Rodriguez could be on their way out from Madrid.But something which the Blancos can do in Cardiff is to write history,besides they won their record 11th Champions League,since the group format of the competition which was introduced in 1992 no club has defended the trophy,the Blancos can do that in Cardiff to become the first club to defend the UEFA Champions League and with that to write history.The final in Cardiff might mark the last what will be seen from Gareth Bale in the shirt of Real Madrid since there is a talk of Bale of being transfered back to England where Bale has built his name,winning the Champions League for Bale in his hometown where he began his first footsteps in his footballing career.History will be made in Cardiff,which will mark Juventus’s third title and with that Juventus will be Europe’s best club or will it be that Real Madrid becomes the first club to defend the trophy and win for a 12th time we will find out in at the beginning of June in Cardiff.

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