Gianluigi Buffon gave a humble assessment of the Champions League final, saying that while Juve were outperformed, a number of things also did not go their way on the night.
The iconic Juventus goalkeeper was denied a Champions League victory for a third time as Zinedine Zidane's Blancos had the beating of him on four occasions in the match, albeit twice via deflections.
In a conversation with the Italian media following the final whistle, Buffon made subtle reference to his side's lack of fortune in this regard but was unequivocal in his praise for his opponents.
"It's a big disappointment because we thought we did everything we needed to win," the 39-year old, who has been touted as a possible recipient for the prestigious Ballon d'Or award, said.
"We had a great first half in which we had Real in trouble. It leaves you with an open mouth, the episodes that never went our way," he continued, referring specifically to Casemiro's strike that took a wicked deflection on it's way to his goal.
"To win this cup you have to be stronger than everything against you," he added. "In the second half their class, their strength, their ability to win these challenges was seen and they deservedly won."
Buffon had played in two Champions League finals prior to Saturday's clash, losing the first to Serie A rivals AC Milan in 2003 and the second to Luis Enrique's treble-winning Barcelona in 2015.