Juventus Champions League final news: treble, Bologna, Khedira
As Juventus get ready to take on Real Madrid in Cardiff on 3 June, we bring you a daily look at the Old Lady's preparations for the showpiece event.
Juve at the treble
After claiming a record sixth consecutive Scudetto with a 3-0 defeat of Crotone to lift the trophy in Turin, adding the league to the Coppa Italia, Juventus are now targeting the treble for just the second time in the history of Serie A. The only Italian side to achieve the feat was José Mourinho’s Inter Milan in 2009-10.
Unlike Zinedine Zidane’s side, who will have two full weeks to prepare the Champions League final, Massimiliano Allegri’s team still have one Serie A fixture left to honour against Bologna in the Renato Dall’Ara. Gonzalo Higuáin and Paulo Dybala were on target in a 3-0 victory in the return fixture but Allegri is likely to rest a raft of key players ahead of the final in Cardiff. I Rossoblu are safe so there will be little controversy if Juve field a considerably weakened team.
Khedira could be fit for Cardiff
The Germany international caused a scare when he pulled up 10 minutes into the second leg of the semi-final against Monaco and sat out the Coppa Italia victory over Lazio. However, Khedira has returned to training and should be available from the outset against Real Madrid, which is good news for Allegri: only Gonzalo Higuáin, Gianluigi Buffon and Mario Mandzukic have been used more this season and Khedira is a key component in Juve’s system.
You can keep up to date with the preparations of Zinedine Zidane's side here.