Juventus vs Barcelona
The tale of two trebles. What a final this has the potential to be. Both sides are going for the treble, which is a somewhat unique situation. Naturally, Barcelona are clear favourites, but Juventus will relish the challenge of overcoming the ‘underdog’ tag to surprise the footballing world. I personally feel that it would be dangerous to underestimate the Italians, who stifled the attacking threat of Ronaldo & Bale in two professional performances that saw them through to the final. Juventus have an experienced team of winners who will be confident in their ability. On the other hand, the attacking trio of Suarez, Neymar and Messi have already made history in terms of amounts of goals scored and have been a joy to behold this season.
The movement and intelligence available to Luis Enrique’s side will pose a different threat to Juventus and Allegri will need to achieve what Pep Guardiola failed to do, being to come up with a solution to deal with Lionel Messi. Buffon labelled his talent as inhuman and his goal in the Copa Del Rey final showcased why he deserves all the praise he receives. However, as is often the case with Barcelona, there is a sense of vulnerability to their back four due to their expansive style of play. Therefore, Juventus must aim to exploit any opportunity to counter and also focus on delivering quality set pieces to give their opponents something to think about. Whilst I have a gut feeling that Juventus can pull off a surprise victory in Berlin, I cannot see past the fantastic footballing ability of the Catalan giants.
For that reason, I am going for a narrow win for Barcelona which will see them claim their second treble in recent years.