Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Pérez Wants Madrid To Beat One Team In The Champions League Final

Pérez Wants Madrid To Beat One Team In The Champions League Final

The hosts saw two chances to take the lead go begging before the 10-minute mark, with Bale firing a low strike just wide of the goal and Isco being stuffed on the doorstep by Robin Olsen after Luka Modric sprang him in the Roma penalty area.

Juve squandered another chance in the 17th minute as Sami Khedira fired wide at the far post after some good work by Ronaldo on the flanks. They were, but this time he meant it.

"We must continue being a team and personally I'll keep trying to give my best on the field and off it".

"We risked losing tonight with this and we'll miss him for the next games too".

It was an unhappy return to Spain for Ronaldo, who moved to Juve from Real Madrid for £99.2m in the summer.

His first Juve goal against Sassuolo on Sunday was a tap-in from a yard out, his second a driven left-footed shot into the corner. "So yeah, I suppose it was hard to put the anger aside".

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The real pressure, however, will come in Europe where Juventus' investment will be judged.

Now, Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez has revealed the team that he would love to see manager Julen Lopetegui beat in the final of this season's competition.

But his first match in the competition for his new club lasted less than half an hour on Wednesday as he was sent off after appearing to pull at an opponent's hair.

There is also perhaps a psychological edge to be gained.

After leaving the pitch the five-times Champions League victor, whose stoppage time penalty for Real Madrid knocked Juve out in the quarter-finals last season, waited by the tunnel entrance, seemingly on the verge of tears. They last won that in 1996 when Ronaldo was 11 and still playing youth football for Nacional.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted it shouldn't have been a red card, and lamented the fact that video technology has yet to be introduced into the Champions League, as it has been in Serie A. VAR was also used at the World Cup in Russian Federation this year.

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