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2017 Champions League Final – Juventus vs. Real Madrid Expert Predictions, Picks and Preview

2017 Champions League Final – Juventus vs. Real Madrid Expert Predictions, Picks and Preview


The culmination of this year’s Champions League is almost upon us once again. Are you ready to put money on Juventus or Real Madrid? Be sure to check out this piece before you do.

We’ve listed various experts’ take on the epic encounter. Read on below and see which club they are eyeing to claim the throne!

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Guillem Balague Real Madrid

Balague talked about the team’s dilemma on who to start between Isco and Gareth Bale. He described Isco being the flashy, efficient, fan favorite, who the fans would love to see, and Bale being the player that has the exact skill set to fit the team’s style of play, especially Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

He, however, concluded that it probably wouldn’t matter, since Real Madrid is still the better team regardless. Balague believes the offense is pretty consistent, and the defense, though faulty at times, is usually able to finish strong.

Further, he said that Madrid’s depth and versatility can outlast Juventus’s defense.

Managing Madrid

Lucas Navarrete Juventus

It’s about the defense for Navarrete, hence the Juventus pick. He is impressed with ageless wonder Giancarlo Buffon and his ability to maintain a high level of play (as most people are). The 39-year-old only gave up 28 goals in 42 games this year, while also allowing zero goals 21 times. Buffon’s backup, Neto, was also commended by Navarrete, saying that the Brazillian, by far, the best backup between the two teams (gave up nine goals in 14 games, had eight games with zero allowed goals).

Navarrete also added that Real Madrid’s explosive attack may have a long day with Juventus’s frontline.

ESPN FC (Watch here)

Craig Burley Juventus
Steve Nicol Juventus
Alejandro Moreno Juventus

The three analysts from ESPN FC were all praises for Juventus. Nicol said that “…back, middle, front, [Juventus] is the best team as of the moment,” while for Moreno, it’s the balance that he likes, saying that Real Madrid and their fans should “be concerned.”


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