29.05.2017 19:15 - in: UCL S

      UCL Final: Key quotes from the key men

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      All the key quotes from all of the key men as a host of Juventus players preview Saturday's UCL final in today's Media Day at the Stadium

      The countdown to the Champions League final has well and truly begun.

      With just five days to go until the showpiece event against Real Madrid in Cardiff, Juventus kicked off their preparations in style on Monday with several key men facing the cameras after this afternoon's open training session at the Stadium.

      Read on for a full round-up of the mood in the Bianconeri camp: 


      "We have just begun the last and most important week of our season. We trained well this afternoon and we've set off in the right manner for Saturday. I'm sure we will deliver a top-class performance in the final; we've been dreaming of this trophy and now is the time to bring it home for our supporters." 


      "It is a privilege being in the Champions League final. Real are a magnificent side and we have to match them all over the field, remaining tight in defence and causing the problems where possible in behind. We're confident of our chances for what will be a special game of football."


      "This is our second UCL final in three seasons and that tells you that we are one of the best teams in the world right now.

      "This time around we want to win the trophy; if we manage to do that, it will be mark the perfect end to an extraordinary journey that began in the group stages, reached new heights against Barcelona and Monaco in the quarter and semi-finals."


      "Only a handful of players can say that they have been in a Champions League final and this not an opportunity that we want to waste again. 

      "A season like this deserves to end with one of the biggest prizes of them all. We're looking at a one-off game on Saturday night in which we need to nullify their key men and give ours the chance to go and win us the game." 


      "We have five days to prepare for this game; it is crucial that we keep our feet on the ground. This is a huge match but we must approach it like we would any other game without being nervous or losing focus.

      "Physically and mentally we are at our peak and every single one of us is desperate to play in Cardiff. We want to bring home the trophy for the fans because they absolutely deserve it."


      "From now on we will start studying where we can hurt Real and begin to craft our gameplan. They are a great time but we know we have the tools to cause them trouble.

      "We can't wait to take to the field on Saturday; the eyes of the world will be on us and we have demonstrated that we deserve to be there." 


      "The fact that I played for Real earlier in my career adds some extra intrigue to the game for me personally but I can't stress how much I want to win the Champions League for Juventus.

      "We've been praised from all corners for what we have done in Europe this season; all that's missing is the final step to complete an extraordinary campaign."


      "This week is all about preparing in the best possible way; the nervous energy in the camp will serve us well but we need to make sure we arrive in Cardiff in peak condition.

      "We are more mature as a group than we were in 2015; we have some world class players, we will play a brilliant final and we will win the trophy, I'm sure of it."


      "We have a fantastic opportunity in the palm of our hands. Two brilliant football teams will meet on Saturday. We had great conviction in our abilities two years ago and the same is the case this time around. That is all you can ask for."

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