Asensio: Zidane said my left foot was best since Messi

Lionel Messi Juventus

Lionel Messi Juventus

Meanwhile, Chelsea, the 2012 European champions, are the current English champions and have recovered after an uncomfortable start to the Premier League.

Juventus lost last season's final to Real Madrid and hasn't won the Champions League since 1996.

"For Chelsea, the main striker is a vital position and if he plays well then (Eden) Hazard, Pedro, Willian, all the players around him, will play well also".

Europa League winners Manchester United may be England's best bet, as Jose Mourinho seeks to become the first manger to win the competition with three separate clubs. "I hope Sunday is the last game of the season that he is not here".

"I am not going to revolutionise what I want to do with this team due to one bad game", Zidane insisted afterwards.

Forcing your comeback to be at the Champions League final: "In one way it's easy to say that I should have rested more".

"It's a very important day for me, much more important than you can imagine".

Will Real Madrid win the trophy for a third season running?

In similar circumstances, defending champions, Real Madrid will be aiming to be the first club to achieve a three straight win since the feat of Germany's Bayern Munich in the 1970s.

"They're banging on about unfair referees but no one from Real Madrid's mentioned that he pushed the referee".

Playing their home matches out of Wembley has proved a hindrance rather than an advantage for Mauricio Pochettino's men.

"When you are ambitious, the aim is always to do better than the previous year", Mbappe added.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has lambasted PSG's 222 million euro ($267 million) capture of Neymar from Barcelona as "financial doping" with the French giants also set to splash another 180 million on 18-year-old Mbappe next summer to make his loan move from Monaco permanent.

From September 12 to 26 may 32 the strongest club of Europe will determine the victor of the 26th draw of the Champions League. While the quality of the players at his disposal obviously helps, Zidane's man-management, and ability to get his Galacticos to add up to more than the sum of their parts has been hugely impressive.

An injury-hit season for Bale, coupled with the increasing influences of Marco Asensio and Isco in the Real starting XI, had seen some Spanish media suggest that the former Tottenham player could (and should) be allowed to leave for United with Kylian Mbappé being brought in as his replacement.

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