Juventus vs Real Madrid - Road to Champions League football final
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Juventus vs Real Madrid - Road to Champions League football final

It’s match day in Cardiff where Juventus and Real Madrid will face off in the Champions League final. Real Madrid have featured in three finals in the past four seasons, winning in 2014 and 2016.

football Updated: Jun 03, 2017 12:54 IST
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Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, right, holds the ball during a training session at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales Friday June 2, 2017. Real Madrid will play Juventus in the final of the Champions League on Saturday. (AP)

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said his side will leave their illustrious European history to one side in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus and try to imagine they are vying to win the trophy for the first time.

Real Madrid won the first five editions of the European Cup between 1956 and 1960 and are in their 15th final, bidding for a record-extending 12th crown and for the honour of being the only team to successfully defend the trophy in the Champions League era.

Juventus meanwhile are competing in their ninth final, having lost in six of their previous eight appearances, beating only Liverpool in 1985 and Ajax in 1996.

Ramos is gunning for his 18th winner’s medal for club and country and is far from alone in the Madrid dressing in room in having a lengthy honours list. Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing in his fifth Champions League final.

Ramos, however, said his side were still as hungry as ever to win Europe’s biggest prize.

First Published: Jun 03, 2017 12:41 IST