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Champions League final roof closed for safety reasons

30 May 2017

In the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Bale opted to play through a calf injury against Bayern Munich, only to be forced off the pitch early in the first half when the knock flared up.

Although Real Madrid have won the Champions League more often than any other club (11) and are the Spanish League record holders (33 times), they have only once managed to win both in the same year.

Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, has praised Juventus' defence but he claims they have a weakness, which Los Blancos aim to attack.

The stadium will also host the Women's Champions League final between Lyon and Paris St Germain on June 1, again with the roof closed.

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"For sure it is special because it was a very important club for me as a player. I will feel lucky when I sit in the dugout on Saturday".

"It would be a privilege to be the first team to win consecutive editions of the Champions League".

Till date no club has been able to retain the Champions League since it switched to its current format from the European Cup back in 1992-93.

He added: "Every player in the [Madrid] dressing room wants to make history". Although he had been incredibly successful as a player, he had all of two years experience as a coach - and that in charge of the Real second team. The lads have achieved this for everyone and we'll go there with greater belief in our ability than we had two years ago.

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"He's done an extraordinary job, he started from scratch this season and is proving how good a coach he's becoming", Ronaldo told reporters.

Kroos himself was exemplary in keeping Real Madrid ticking all season.

As Juventus look to end a 21-year-wait for the Champions League title, there are those who believe goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon can end a 54-year wait and be officially crowned the top shot-stopper in Europe. "We have Cardiff and, from Monday, we will prepare only to win".

Earlier in the campaign it had seemed nearly certain that Isco would leave Madrid this summer, as he struggled for game time, but his impressive form in the final months of the campaign has seen him selected by fans voting online as the club's official sponsors player of the season. We will play the game and then we will see [what happens] as it is a unique match and anything can happen.

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