Thursday, 29 June, 2017

Real Madrid and Manchester United miles apart ahead of Super Cup clash

Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice as Zinedine Zidane's side overcame Juventus 4-1 on Saturday Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice as Zinedine Zidane's side overcame Juventus 4-1 on Saturday
Damon Campbell | 18 June, 2017, 01:54

Thousands of delirious Real Madrid fans called for Cristiano Ronaldo to win a fifth Ballon d'Or on Sunday as the Spanish giants paraded the Champions League trophy for a record 12th time.

Juventus were still hopeful of winning the trophy for the first time in 21 years as they reached the interval at 1-1, but Real found several extra gears to streak away and become the first club in the Champions League era to lift the trophy in successive seasons.

The team then headed to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, where the packed stands were treated to an elaborate light and video show while each player was individually introduced.

Nine of the 14 Real Madrid players who decimated Juventus were there when Zidane was an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, who led Madrid to the 2014 d├ęcima - their 10th European Cup.

"The truth is it has been a spectacular season", added Ronaldo.

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has said that he has achieved "a dream come true" after his side defeated Juventus 4-1 to claim an unprecedented consecutive Champions League title. "We needed confidence at half-time and we had to take our chances, which we did", he said.

A calf injury also saw him nearly miss the Champions League final, but he made his return off the bench in Saturday's 4-1 win over Juventus.

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Both Manchester clubs endured disappointing seasons, and United's sixth-place Premier League finish should not be easily glossed over by their triumph in the Europa League, which at least gave them a place in next season's Champions League.

"The only criticism I could make is that after conceding the second goal, we should have stayed in the game".

"This is what we are here for". The same applies to Andrea Barzagli, who will still be with us for at last another year.

In the colours of the national team, under the guidance of his former Juve coach Marcello Lippi, Buffon won the World Cup in 2006, making up for the disappointment of missing out on Italy's European Championship success in 2000 due to injury. "In the second half we were too static", beaten manager Massimiliano Allegri told his post-match press conference.

"We need to just keep doing what we are doing, because I think we can win many more titles in the future".

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