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Confident Juventus gear up for ECL finale

dpa logodpa 29/05/2017

Juventus know they won't have it all their own way in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Cardiff but remain confident of claiming the title.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and his key defender Giorgio Chiellini seek a relaxed approach to Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid.

The Bianconeri will look to profit from the experience of their past two European campaigns.

Speaking Monday before training at the Juventus Stadium, Chiellini said he and his teammates had carefully studied Real.

The Italy international was out with injury for the 2015 final lost 3-1 to Barcelona, but contributed to the 3-2 ousting of Real in the semi-finals.

"It is impossible not to allow them any chance," he said.

"Then we will have to try to do something ourselves. After all, we played two games without conceding against Barcelona (with a 3-0 aggregate in this year's quarter-finals), which is very rare.

"We must try to keep them away from the area. If you let certain players inside it, they will punish you."

Chiellini, 32, said that the squad was trying to work with calm and steer clear of anxiety ahead of the game.

"It is important feel fresh as you get into the game, but the experience of two years ago will certainly help us," he said.

"And it is not a case that we are here again after we exited (last year in the last 16) against Bayern in the dying minutes."

Allegri, who clinched the 2015 final in his first season with Juve, has steered the club to win the domestic double in the past three seasons, a record coupled with this year's sixth straight Scudetto.

The 49-year-old tactician thanked the group for their efforts throughout the season and said he hoped to get the last piece of silverware before going on vacation.

"With five days left, we are to be calm and prepare the game without anxiety," Allegri said.

"As for optimism, there has to be some, but I do not think, as I hear, that we are the favourites.

"It will be a great final and details will make the difference. We are convinced we will make it but must be aware that it is a final and we play Real Madrid."

Allegri praised the good form of his squad, noting that they improved their ability to turn their concentration on and off, which helps lowering anxiety.

"You cannot handle being always on," he said. "You play or train, then switch off and relax.

"We are strong physically and also mentally because we made it to the final. These days we will train, not to hard, not more than once a day, then Friday we'll go to Cardiff.

Allegri complimented his colleague and former Juve ace Zinedine Zidane for winning the Champions League on his first year at Real, then the Spanish La Liga and another final in his second.

"It is not something that anyone can do," he said.

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