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No divided loyalties for Zidane's Juventus reunion

20 May 2017

Sergio Ramos says Real Madrid can withstand whatever atmosphere awaits in the Vicente Calderon when they play city rivals Atletico in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg.

Doubts remain over whether the Wanda Metropolitano will be ready in time for the start of next season.

Kevin Gameiro also should have done better on the end of a swift Atletico counter-attack but Cristiano Ronaldo in particular was growing in prominence and was unlucky to have a 69th-minute effort incorrectly ruled out for offside.

ZINEDINE ZIDANE is set to extend his stay at the Bernabeu Stadium as Real Madrid prepare to offer him a new deal until 2020.

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Real progressed to the June 3 final with Juventus as a result of their first leg 3-0 win to claim a 4-2 aggregate result, but it didn't stop Simeone from expressing his pride. Despite strong campaigns from the capital club and prolific Napoli, Allegri's Bianconeri have never looked like surrendering top spot and such is their imperious power the treble is up for grabs as they will also face Lazio in the upcoming Coppa Italia final.

Dybala isn't the only admirer Zidane picked up during his playing days, with the Frenchman widely considered one of the greatest players of the modern era first for Juventus and later for Real Madrid following a then world-record move.

Former Liverpool and Real midfielder McManaman, who won two Champions League trophies with the Spanish side, took issue with Ferdinand's use of the work "transition", and questioned why this is repeatedly used as an excuse for English sides failing in Europe.

Zidane guided Real to another Champions League final having won last year's addition against Atletico Madrid, the same team Los Blancos defeated over two legs in the last fortnight. "We did not drop our hands, I am proud of this team".

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It was a tense match early on, with players from both teams trying to pressure the referee and complaining with each other.

"We were talking after the game and I asked Karim how he got out of there", Zidane said with a smile.

Dybala and Juventus have the chance to dethrone Zidane's defending champions Madrid at Millennium Stadium on June 3, but the Argentina global heaped praise on the Turin favourite. "Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Juventus".

"Anything can happen in the final, but I see the team as being in fine shape and we'll contest and win the final".

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No divided loyalties for Zidane's Juventus reunion