Allegri: Madrid favourites for final

Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri believes Real Madrid are favourites for the Champions League final and asked for ‘one final effort’ from his players.

The Bianconeri are without a Champions League trophy since 1996 but have dominated Italian football in recent years, winning six consecutive league titles and back-to-back ‘doubles’.

"We go there with more conviction than we had two years ago, but then again we are still up against Real. They are the favourites,” Allegri told his press conference ahead of the game.

“Real are in their third [Champions League] final in four years and are used to playing in them, even though we have been there twice in three years.

“It will be a wonderful event and we deserve to be there. Getting to the Champions League final gives me great joy, and I'm lucky to be able to sit on the bench in Cardiff on Saturday.

"My players have been fantastic, they've had an extraordinary year and I thank them for that, but now we need one final effort and we need to be more motivated than they are.

"It was a difficult season in the league and we've done great things. Winning the Coppa Italia for a third year running was crazy, as was winning the Scudetto.

“We've filled our agenda month on month, which is how we wanted it, and now we are just lacking that final piece before we can go on holiday.

"Juve have got to be used to being among the top eight and experiencing events like these without anxiety.

“We've got to treat this week like we are preparing for a normal game, and then when we get to Cardiff we will make it a great evening."

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