Sam Tighe for Bleacher Report:
The key to this game for Real Madrid was retaining width. They were always going to have to push their full-backs high up to create it, as their wide men aren’t touchline-hugging, chalk-on-the-boots No. 7s and No. 11s.
The problem Juve present when playing in a diamond is a near-total blockade of the middle, with the midfield four flattening into a 3-1 shape. The outside CMs spread and the No. 10 harasses the opposing deep-lying midfielder, buzzing about him and preventing ball rotation. It leaves you no choice but to force play to the wings.