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Champions League: Zidane speaks on facing former club, Juventus in final

Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane, has described the Champions League final clash with his former club, Juventus as something special.

The Frenchman admitted it would be special to face his former side Juventus in the final.

Real dumped city rivals Atletico out of the competition yesterday having beaten them 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in the semi-final first leg last week.

Zidane, a former Juventus midfielder, said after the 2-1 loss to Atleti, “It is something special for sure.

“They were also very important for me, gave me everything too. But in the end you know how this is, I am with Real Madrid now, the club of my life too. They have deserved to reach the final, we have too. It will be a nice final.”

Speaking about the loss at Estadio Vicente Caldron, Zidane said that his team had not started the game as they had hoped, but they had known how to manage the situation and come through.

“We knew we were going to suffer, above all in the first 20 or 25 minutes.

“They scored two goals, started the game very well, better than us. They put a lot of pressure on, won a lot of second balls. And we were not as attentive as we should have been for the goal at a corner.

“But we knew that, by staying patient and calm, we would make chances. After 25 minutes things changed completely, and we found our game. Then in the second half we were much better.”

Madrid could become the first team to retain the Champions League trophy since the competition expanded in the early 1990s, with Zidane still only less than 18 months in the job as coach.

He added, “We’re happy to be making the final, it’s a very long path, not easy at all.

“And to do it two years in a row, you must congratulate all the squad. I am doing my job well, but the players are the ones who go out on the pitch, to suffer, to fight, to battle and to believe all this is possible. So we can all be happy, although we have not won anything yet.”

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