Two of Europe’s oldest and most successful clubs will go head to head in Cardiff on June 3rd (Saturday, 2:45 pm ET on FOX). Juventus and Real Madrid have plenty of history with each other, and they’ve proven themselves to be the two very best teams in the competition. It’s a storybook final, but what are the keys to lifting the trophy with the big ears?
Zinedine Zidane vs. Max Allegri
It’s fitting that the Champions League final pits two of world soccer’s brightest and best coaching minds. Zinedine Zidane and Max Allegri are both charismatic, Italian-educated managers who’ve been successful because of their brilliant tactical flexibilty and man-management. Allegri’s switch to a 4-2-3-1 rejuvenated (sorry) the Bianconeri, turning a staid lineup into a “five-star” Juve filled with attacking players. Over in Madrid, Zidane’s ability to maintain the delicate balance of egos in the Spanish capital is already legendary. The French icon, who played for Juventus before moving to Real Madrid to win Champions League as a player, has succeeded in playing to his team’s greatest strengths with a 4-3-1-2 formation. Cristiano Ronaldo has thrived in his more central role, while Isco has seized his chance to shine after languishing on the