Juventus went into the 2017 Champions League Final in search of their first European crown since 1996, but came up short against a dominant Real Madrid side. Massimiliano Allegri stumbled in his second Final in two years, when they lost 3-1 to Barcelona in 2015, while veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was unable to end his
Juventus went into the 2017 Champions League Final in search of their first European crown since 1996, but came up short against a dominant Real Madrid side.
Massimiliano Allegri stumbled in his second Final in two years, when they lost 3-1 to Barcelona in 2015, while veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was unable to end his pursuit of the first Champions League title of his 22-year career.
Hoped that the third time would be the charm after falling at the final hurdle against AC Milan in 2003 and Barcelona in 2015, but it wasn’t to be for the 39-year-old.
Bonucci’s attempts to divert Ronaldo’s shot away from goal did nothing to help during the opener, and he was given similar treatment from Khedira after Casemiro’s strike from range took a huge deflection.
Overall, he made just one save and was left unusually stranded by his defence for the third and fourth goals.
Juventus’ three-man defence gave Alves total freedom to roam on the right flank, something he took advantage of as he contributed to Juventus’ attacking and defensive play with tireless work rate.
His tenacity in the challenge was evident, as seen with a crucial tackle on Ronaldo in the first half when Real threatened to hit Juve on the break. Alves read the game well, racking up four interceptions, more than any other player on the pitch.
Played on the right side of Juventus’ highly experienced back three, but wasn’t up to the speed of the game.
Isco was able to get in-behind Barzagli and send in a few crosses on his side, and he was the first to be substituted on 66 minutes.
Supremely talented on the ball, completing 11 of 18 attempted long passes, more than any other player on the pitch.
However, he disappointed in a few key moments defensively, specifically when he froze to a statue as Ronaldo got ahead of him for Real’s third goal.
Read the game well in the first half but fizzled out towards the end, as did most of the Juventus side.
Chiellini was no-nonsense in his approach with six clearances, the most on the night, but was relatively helpless to stop the Real Madrid onslaught.
Sandro was left in an unfortunate 2 v 1 situation against Ronaldo and Carvajal for the opener, and couldn’t have done much more to prevent it.
Got into some good positions on the left flank but his delivery left much to be desired, aside from his cross for Higuaín in the build-up to Mandzukic’s goal.
Didn’t make a huge impact but was very tidy on the ball for Juventus, keeping the midfield ticking with a 91.4% passing ratio, the highest for the Italian side.
Khedira suffered a huge slice of misfortune for Real’s second goal, as Casemiro’s effort took a deflection off him as he attempted to block the shot.
Forced Navas into a save from range in the early goings and nearly dribbled his way around Real’s defence in the first half, but opted to shoot in a crowded area rather than look for a pass.
Pjanic was the player Juventus needed to provide the killer pass from deep, but the Bosnian international was unable to build off those positive early moments and couldn’t influence proceedings.
Scored perhaps the best goal in a Champions League Final since one created by Real Madrid’s current manager; a glorious overhead effort to bring the Juventus fans to life just a few minutes following the opener.
Mandzukic will be remembered for that stunning strike, but it was his overall work rate and desire from the left flank which is why he has become a starting player for Juventus in the first place.
His willingness to track back was shown on 33 minutes with a well-timed challenge on Ronaldo, and he finished the game with the joint-most tackles from Juventus players, with three, and also made two key passes.
Found it difficult to build up the play when he dropped deep, giving possession away cheaply several times, but never stopped providing an outlet for Juventus.
Showed off his dribbling abilities on a few occasions, drawing fouls from Ramos and Modric, but never got into any threatening positions. Ineffective in the second half and hooked on 78 minutes.
Higuaín would have had a point to prove against his former employers, but failed to make any impact on proceedings aside from assisting Mandzukic.
Was kept very quiet by Ramos and Varane, making the fewest touches out of the 20 starting outfield players, and was dispossessed more than any other player on the pitch.