Juventus vs Real Madrid… 19 years after Amsterdam

12 May 2017

Despite losing 2-1 on Wednesday night, Real Madrid secured an aggregate victory over rivals Atletico Madrid which sets up a clash with Juventus in Cardiff in what will be a rematch of the Amsterdam final some 19 years ago.

On June 3 both the Italian champions and Los Blancos will descend on the Welsh capital to play out the Champions League final just as they did on May 20, 1998.

Then it was the Amsterdam Arena and this year it will be the Principality Stadium as Zinedine Zidane’s charges look to become the first team to ever retain the title in its current guise.

Real Madrid will hope for good omens as they were victorious on that occasion, lifting their seventh European Cup.

It was also an evening which would live long in the memory of the current Los Blancos coach as he was part of the losing Juventus team.

Juve, in actual fact, met Monaco in the 1998 semi-final as well and the Italians will be looking for a different outcome this time around.

There is little to choose between the current iterations of the two European behemoths and the final itself could go either way – historically this has been the case whenever Juventus and Real Madrid have met.

Out of their 18 encounters there has been eight wins for each team and two draws with the last meeting coming in the 2014/15 semi-final when the Turin side victorious.

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