Soccer / Football : UEFA Champions League 2016/2017
Real Mad. 3.6.17
Isco starts, Bale on the bench
Gareth Bale starts on the bench as Real Madrid aim to become the first team to retain the Champions League trophy as they face Juventus at the Millennium Stadium. The Wales international has not played since damaging his calf against Barcelona on April 23 and said this week that he remains not fully fit.
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Chiellieni, Bonucci, Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Alves, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain
Real Mad. 2.6.17
Bale named in Real Madrid's squad
Gareth Bale has been named in Real Madrid's squad for the Champions League final against Juventus in the Welshman's home city of Cardiff. Bale, 27, has not featured for the Spanish giants since limping off in their "El Clasico" defeat at the hands of Barcelona on April 23. It has been a frustrating injury-hit season for Bale, who missed a large chunk of the season with an ankle injury before picking up his recent calf problem. Statistically, Real Madrid are more successful when Isco is preferred to Bale and coach Zinedine Zidane faces a selection dilemma ahead of the Champions League final.
Real Mad. 30.5.17
Madrid squad fully fit for final
Gareth Bale is completely recovered ahead of the Champions League final against Juventus but Zinedine Zidane refused to confirm whether the Real Madrid record signing will make his starting line-up on Saturday. The France boss expects to have a fully fit squad at his disposal, with Dani Carvajal also managing to shake off his recent injury woes to makes himself available for the Cardiff final.
"I do not think about that [speculation regarding Bale's future]. We are happy to see Gareth with us. I am happy to see that he is well recovered. Nothing else. We are going to prepare for the game all together as always. We are all ready," Zidane said in a press conference ahead of the game.
Buffon misses Juventus workout
Gianluigi Buffon was reportedly unable to train with the rest of his teammates on Monday as Juventus begin the preparations for the Champions League final against Real Madrid. However, Marca suggests that his absence from the workout was only precautionary and the veteran goalkeeper will not have any problems in captaining his side at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday night. The Italy international was rested during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Bologna as Allegri made a number of changes in his line-up ahead of Saturday's final.
|4||Dinamo K.||5||2||1-2-3 (6)|
|2||Man. City||9||2||2-3-1 (6)|
|1||Atletico M||15||5||5-0-1 (6)|
|2||Bayer L.||10||4||2-4-0 (6)|
|2||Real Mad.||12||6||3-3-0 (6)|
|3||Legia W.||4||-15||1-1-4 (6)|
|Juventus - Real Mad.||1 : 4|
|Juventus - Monaco||2 : 1 (2:0)|
|Atletico M - Real Mad.||2 : 1 (0:3)|
|Monaco - Dortmund||3 : 1 (3:2)|
|Real Mad. - Bayern||4 : 2 (2:1)|
|Leicester - Atletico M||1 : 1 (0:1)|
|Barcelona - Juventus||0 : 0 (0:3)|
|Leicester - Sevilla||2 : 0 (1:2)|
|Juventus - Porto||1 : 0 (2:0)|
|Atletico M - Bayer L.||0 : 0 (4:2)|
|Monaco - Man. City||3 : 1 (3:5)|
|Napoli - Real Mad.||1 : 3 (1:3)|
|Arsenal - Bayern||1 : 5 (1:5)|
|Barcelona - PSG||6 : 1 (0:4)|
|Dortmund - Benfica||4 : 0 (0:1)|
|3.6||Juventus - Real Mad.||1 : 4|
|10.5||Atletico M - Real Mad.||2 : 1|
|9.5||Juventus - Monaco||2 : 1|
|3.5||Monaco - Juventus||0 : 2|
|2.5||Real Mad. - Atletico M||3 : 0|
|19.4||Monaco - Dortmund||3 : 1|
|19.4||Barcelona - Juventus||0 : 0|
|18.4||Leicester - Atletico M||1 : 1|
|18.4||Real Mad. - Bayern||4 : 2|
|12.4||Dortmund - Monaco||2 : 3|
|12.4||Bayern - Real Mad.||1 : 2|
|12.4||Atletico M - Leicester||1 : 0|
|11.4||Juventus - Barcelona||3 : 0|
|15.3||Monaco - Man. City||3 : 1|
|15.3||Atletico M - Bayer L.||0 : 0|
|14.3||Juventus - Porto||1 : 0|
Champions League stats
|home wins||45 %|
|away wins||29 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : UEFA Champions League 2016/2017
The UEFA Champions League, originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup, is probably the greatest international club competition in the world. The league has undergone a number of changes since the old knock-out tournament was upgraded with group stages in 1993. The current format was introduced in the 2003/04 season. Under this format, after three qualifying rounds for clubs who do not qualify for direct entry, 32 teams play one group stage. There are eight groups of four clubs, each team playing each other home and away for a total of six games in the group.
The top two teams from each group progress to the knock-out stage, the eight third-placed teams move into a secondary competition, the UEFA Europa League, while the eight fourth-placed teams are eliminated. The matches in the knock-out stages are played over two legs. The teams are paired up and play each other at home and away, with the club scoring the greater aggregate of goals going on to the next round. The winners of the two semi-finals play the Champions League Final, which is a single match on a venue decided by UEFA.