Chiellini: Every footballer dreams of playing Madrid

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Chiellini: Every footballer dreams of playing Madrid

Zidane won the Champions League in his first two seasons as Madrid boss, also adding the La Liga title a year ago, but he knows his long term future at the Bernabeu depends on good results continuing.

That comes despite having a poor first half of the La Liga season, though the Portuguese forward has more than made up for it. "We have to forget about it and think only about this tie". But we're facing the best. This isn't what I say, it's what history says.

"He's really crucial and can make the difference", said Chiellini. The club has lifted the big-eared cup a remarkable three times in the past four years, but they've got their work cut out if they're to retain it.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri will have to reshuffle his side again for Real's visit today, yet it is all water off a duck's back for one of Europe's master tacticians. "It will be a great game, but our priority remains Serie A".

Benatia is suspended for today's match alongside midfielder Miralem Pjanic but Allegri has shown himself to have an uncanny knack of switching formations.

Head coach Zidane, who as a player moved to Real from Juventus in 2001 for a world record fee, admitted he faces a selection conundrum with only defender Nacho unavailable.

"It will be a great game". The likes of Isco, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez have all staked their claim for the final spot in the Real Madrid lineup, and Zidane shared his thoughts on Isco, in particular.

Nobody had given Real any chance in the last round against Paris Saint-Germain, but Zinedine Zidane's side proved their critics wrong with a comfortable win in the end. After being dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes in January, they have only lost once in their next 13 outings across all competitions.

"Real Madrid are very serene whenever they play these kind of matches, we've improved in that regard and we have to further improve because Juventus already have all the technical qualities".

The mood in Madrid, however, is upbeat. On the other hand, even though Real Madrid has become the best Spanish team in the second leg of La Liga, the overall excellency showed by Barcelona has made nearly impossible to Los Blancos to still have any real chance to win the Spanish competition.

Giorgio Chiellini, left, and Cristiano Ronaldo battle for the ball during the 2017 Champions League final.

Allegri added: "Tomorrow we want to build an advantage to then take to Madrid".

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