Majestic Modric the key to Madrid's Champions League final turnaround

Postado Junho 20, 2017

Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 on Saturday in the final in Cardiff, Wales, becoming the first team to win back-to-back titles in the Champions League era.

Cristiano Ronaldo just seems to get better and better.

Zinedine Zidane believes Cristiano Ronaldo's inspirational leadership will be the decisive factor when Real Madrid bid for Champions League final history against Juventus on Saturday.

Ronaldo's first strike at Millennium Stadium was canceled out by Mario Mandzukic's exquisite 27th-minute hook shot.

"I can not explain why we played like we did in the second half".

Juventus conceded more goals on the night than it had on the journey to the final, having let in only three in the previous 12 games.

At the half way mark, the scores remained 1-1.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, and Casemiro's 60th minute goal was the victor.

Of course, Real's win was about much more than the contribution of their Portugal forward. And next season we have to improve in the Premier League, 100 per cent. Zidane spoke to us positively and transmitted his belief to us.

Gonzalo Higuain worked Keylor Navas twice, while Miralem Pjanic's snappy half-volley forced the Madrid goalkeeper into a smart one-handed save.

It was the culmination of a counterattack of breathtaking speed launched by Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

But within seven minutes, Ronaldo was shaking his head and scowling after seeing an equalizer of individual brilliance.

Nine of the 14 Real Madrid players who decimated Juventus were there when Zidane was an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, who led Madrid to the 2014 décima - their 10th European Cup.

The Italian champions had substitute Juan Cuadrado sent off after he was shown a second yellow card for a gentle push on Sergio Ramos that drew a lamentable overreaction from the Madrid skipper.

The 44-year-old has defied critics who claimed his soft-spoken personality would make it impossible for him to cope with a squad of fragile egos and the constant behind the scenes politicking in the club's corridors of power.

There are some players who have probably played their last game for the club like Fabio Coentrao, who has barely featured this season and is likely to leave as they seek a deal for Atletico Madrid defender Theo Hernandez, with reports in Spain suggesting he has already passed his Madrid medical.