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Final will be a Real close call: Zidane

By Robert Jones

Zinedine Zidane insists his Real Madrid side should not be considered favourites against his former club in tonight's Champions League Final.

Real are aiming to become European champions for a record 12th time in Cardiff when they face Juventus (7.45pm).

Zidane's side have scored 169 goals in all competitions this season and possess the current Ballon d'Or holder in Cristiano Ronaldo.

But Zidane, who spent five years of his playing career in Turin between 1996 and 2001, said: "We know all about pressure at Real Madrid. We're always favourites, but in reality in a final there are no favourites.

"We're not favourites, nor are Juventus. It's 50-50.

"But we're in the final again, and everything is possible."

Some observers have suggested Juventus will adopt a cautious approach to blunt Real's attacking weapons.

But Zidane added: "I expect an open game on both sides.

"I've lived and been at Juventus, in Italy there's the famous Catenaccio, but Juve don't just have that."

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