Juventus play Real Madrid at 21:45 kenya time Saturday
BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,2ND JUNE 2017-The reigning champions Real Madrid are considered favourites as they look to become the first side to defend Europe’s top-tier title in its modern format at 21:45 Saturday Kenyan time.
Juventus have lost a record six European Cup finals, but Max Allegri’s men are looking to complete a historic Treble after winning Serie A and the Italian Cup last month.
Juventus stands a chance to win the coveted silverware owing to their shape which is much more solid, while they’ve got the weapons to trouble Real Madrid’s leaky backline. Both teams like to play on the counter-attack but Real Madrid aren’t as disciplined or clever defensively.
Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini are likely to be given a task of managing threats posed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, using their intelligence and strength to block off their runs.
Gonzalo Higuain is getting involved in play more than he used to and is scoring more goals than ever before. He looks like the complete striker now, many would love to see Gianluigi Buffon finally land the trophy he’s never won because he’s been absolutely sensational.
Juventus as well are also not living anything to chance considering that they have the best defense and they will be able to cope with anything that Real Madrid throw at them.
They may not be as flamboyant but they’ll be able to cope with Madrid from set-pieces and they are vastly experienced. You’d think you could get at Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli but they’re uncompromising and so well organised. Coming from a defender, you can see they just know how to defend.
Chiellini, in particular, plays on the edge all the time but gets away with it. He’s clever with the way he plays on the edge and knows how to push the boundaries, whereas Sergio Ramos just sees the red mist.
Only Paul Merson is backing Real Madrid to take the crown