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Clash of European Heavyweights in Champions League and Europa Finals

Date Added: May 19, 2017 05:05:48 AM
Author: David
Category: Competitions
The pieces are set for the two showpiece games in the European soccer calendar. Juventus will square up to the holders, Real Madrid, in a mouth-watering Champions League Final on June 3rd. It is difficult to pick a favourite between the two. Juventus are the incredibly well-drilled, defensive unit whose team plays like a purring engine. The Old Lady comes up against the aristocratic flair and individual brilliance of Madrid, whose tactical failings are often covered up by breath-taking attacks. The immovable object versus the irresistible force.

To add to the drama, the Final will be rife with sub-plots. Madrid’s coach, Zinedine Zidane, is a bona fide legendary figure for both clubs. He will aim to be the first ever coach to retain the Champions League Trophy, thwarting his former club in the process. Juventus’ current talisman and top scorer, Gonzalo Higuaín, was also once a darling of the Madridistas. He will hope to that Real regrets letting him go to Italy in 2013 by continuing his remarkable goal-scoring form. Finally, there is Gigi Buffon: World Cup winner, European Championship winner, multiple Serie A winner, appearing in over 1000 games for club and country. Juventus’ goalkeeper is a hero in Italy. Despite the often-heated club rivalries in Italy, the collective will of the country will be behind Gigi to finally add the Champions League to his resume in what is the twilight of his career. Think you can pick the winner of this blockbuster final? - Click here for promos and bet on football today.

Although seen as the lesser of the two competitions, the Europa League final is nonetheless just as exciting for soccer purists. In one corner, the leviathan of Manchester United. Bloated with riches, boasting the world-record signing of Paul Pogba, its fans would argue that they should be dining at the top table of European soccer with the likes of Barcelona and Madrid. The team limped and stuttered their way to the Europa League Final, which represents their only chance of getting back to the Champions League next season. In the other corner, Ajax Amsterdam. Another sleeping giant of European football. Too often the Dutch side, with its renowned youth system, has seen its best players plundered by its European rivals. The fans are reluctant to say it aloud, but the current team is reminiscent of the youthful squad that conquered Europe in 1995.

The Final, held in Stockholm on May 24th, feels like a shot at redemption for both sides. It will be the first European final for Ajax in over 20 years, with a win perhaps being key to the club holding on to its star players over the summer transfer window. For United, failure is not an option. It is among the richest clubs in world football, but has failed to build a coherent and winning team since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. Can United translate commercial success to dominance on the pitch one more? This match promises to be just as special as the Champions League Final. Whatever the outcomes, soccer fans will be treated to a double main course as this feast of European soccer is served at the end of a thrilling season.
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