Juventus and Real Madrid made the UEFA Champions League final at Cardiff by eliminating Monaco, respectively Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals, proving both of my predictions from the last blog post wrong.
It was bound to happen, though…
Now, the Cardiff final will be the 19th meeting between Juventus and Real Madrid in European cometitons and a rematch of the 1998 UCL final at Amsterdam. Last time the two teams met it was in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, when Juve eliminated Real Madrid in the semi-finals only to lose the final against Barcelona at Berlin.
Now, looking at these two teams it’s hard to make a prediction because any of them can end up lifting the trophy. Juventus’ good defensive playing style is bringing flashbacks of their rivals Inter in 2010 (to the point the chances of becoming the second Italian team to win a treble are very realistic), while Real Madrid has a top attack and an organised defense and they are up in the race of becoming the first team to defend their trophy in the new format.