Buffon upbeat despite potential Champions League farewell

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Real Madrid's head coach Zinedine Zidane watches his players during a training session in Madrid, Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

"The team has trained well and now the whole world will be watching", he said. The Spaniard also said he would have no fear about meeting Barcelona in a "Clasico" final in Kiev on May 26.

However, after a harsh criticism of Bale, Valdano showered only praise for Portuguese starlet Cristiano Ronaldo, the 62-year-old stated, "Ronaldo looked great physically though and was playing for the whole attack, he is clearly in a moment of great confidence". But, after a strong start to his stint in the Spanish capital, the player has endured a testing period over the last two seasons, having struggled for fitness.

Gianluigi Buffon acknowledges he would be going out on a high if Wednesday's clash between Real Madrid and Juventus is to be his last Champions League match.

But Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed the stunner even got the royal seal of approval.

Max Allegri hinted at his tactical approach to Real Madrid and wants Juventus to "cancel out the doubts that emerged" after the first leg.

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If Vallejo can't play, Zidane will have to improvise in central defense, likely using midfielder Casemiro to play alongside Varane. Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Isco, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez gives Zidane an embarrassment of riches. "We know how he defends, how he plays". The last encounter in 2015 is a sweet memory for the Bianconeri, as a 1-1 draw courtesy of Alvaro Morata cancelling out Ronaldo's earlier penalty, sent Juventus to the Champions League final in Berlin.

Bayern, in their seventh straight Champions League quarter-final, enjoyed a low-key title celebration during the weekend after securing the Bundesliga title with five games to spare as they wanted to stay focused on securing the treble.

Serie A leaders Juventus have an almighty task on their hands, as no team in the prestigious competition's history has overturned a 3-0 home deficit.

"It will be a hard game against a great team", said the French defender.

Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney recently argued his bicycle was better than Ronaldo's version.

Buffon added: "We have to play with spirit and stay together as a group".

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