France - Laurent Vergne
Considering the situation in France, Monaco winning it all would be an absolutely awesome story. Because this is a young, exciting team and a club which was in Ligue 2 only 4 years ago. But let’s think with our head, not our heart. The recent past could lead you to bet on an 3rd final between Real and Atletico in four years, but maybe this is Juventus’s time.
Two years ago, they were almost there, but probably not ready yet. They have all the tools to win this time though. The way they’ve beaten Barcelona says a lot about them and will give them a lot of confidence going in the final stages. This is a talented, balanced and experienced squad. And I like to think that Mr. Destiny will finally give a kiss to grandpa Gigi Buffon.
Germany - Benjamin Heckner
An expert defensive performance, players with a huge tactical discipline – the “Old Lady” is ready for the title. The result against Barcelona will give Juventus plenty confidence heading into the semi-final – whoever is waiting for them. And after the very close knock-outs in the last Champions League seasons the Bianconeri are craving for success. Juve is developing its team from season to season, the mix of experienced players like Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini with great talents like Paulo Dybala seems perfect.
Spain - Cristian Maxedo
All four teams have a chance, of course, but we will bet for Atletico Madrid because they have similar strengths to the other three sides:
- They have enough experience gathered in the last seasons as Real Madrid
- They have the same defensive power as Juventus, and are very similar in a defensive way to the Italians
- They have young and hungry players like Monaco
In addition, in our opinion they have the best goalkeeper (Oblak) and the best coach (Simeone) of the four teams. The weakest point could be the injuries (Juanfran and Vrsaljko are out at the moments so there is no right-sided defender, plus there may be midfield problems).
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: View from Europe: Who will win the Champions League?