Juventus are the team waiting for Real Madrid in Cardiff but the Spaniards are associated with pleasant memories in this competition as it was the Italians who they overcame to win their seventh at the Amsterdam Arena.
Since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, Real reached three straight semi-finals, coming up short on each occasion, before achieving La Decima under Carlo Ancelotti, who qualified for another semi-final a year later, where his side were beaten by Juventus.
The last two seasons, under Zinedine Zidane, have resulted in the Frenchman leading the club to two consecutive finals.
Of the 14 finals Real have reached, more than any other club, they have been defeated on just three occasions, against Benfica in 1962, by Inter two years later and finally in 1981 when Liverpool beat them in Paris.
The rest resulted in Madrid coming out on top, in 1956 against Stade de Reims, beating Italian opposition in Fiorentina and Milan in the two years which followed, before defeating Stade de Reims again for four in a row and continuing their dominance with a win over Eintracht Frankfurt in 1960.
Partizan were beaten in 1966 and a 32-year wait for their next win was ended against Juventus in 1998, which led to wins over Valencia in 2000 and Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.
Their next two victories in 2014 and 2016 both saw them overcome city rivals Atletico Madrid and deny Diego Simeone’s men a first-ever win in the competition.
There is no doubt that the current crop of players are all very much aware of the weight of history at the club in the competition, which is why they celebrated reaching the final so joyously.
Everyone wore t-shirts on the Estadio Vicente Calderon field which marked the occasion and the party continued back into the dressing room where the whoops of delight could be heard throughout the inner confines of the stadium.
But you have to remember this as well, with a 2-1 defeat to Atletico, Real Madrid suffered their first loss in Europe this season, while their final opponents Juventus have yet to be defeated in the competition.
In 12 matches, the Old Lady have nine wins and three draws whereas Los Blancos have eight wins, three draws and one loss.
Atletico Madrid have also had a stellar campaign and almost match Los Blancos’ numbers with eight wins, two draws and two losses.
The other semi-finalist, Monaco, had a tougher path, notching six wins, two draws and four defeats.