It all comes down to this. Seventy-seven teams vied for Europe’s biggest footballing prize in the beginning of July 2014; and now only two remain. Juventus and FC Barcelona will do battle for the right to be named the champions of 2014-15 UEFA Champions League. The Olympiastadion in Berlin will be the stage for the Final, played on Saturday, June 6. Both teams are champions in their right.
For Juventus this season, domestically they’ve won their fourth consecutive Italian Serie A title, with four rounds to spare. They are also seeking their third Champions League title all time, having not won it since the 1995-96 edition. Their opponent just recently wrapped up their La Liga campaign at the top of the summit with a round to go, beating last season’s champions Atletico de Madrid at the Vincente Calderon on Sunday. FC Barcelona has won their seventh La Liga title in the last ten seasons. Barca seeks their fifth European title, having last won it in the 2010-11 season. Both clubs are also in their respective domestic cup finals, with Barca taking on Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final on May 23, and Juventus going up against Lazio in Wednesday’s Coppa Italia clash. With these two great teams bracing for a massive final, let’s take a look at the stars to look out for for both clubs.
FC Barcelona have a lot of great players on their side, but their three-headed South American strikeforce upfront of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi are their brightest stars. The lethal trio combined for twenty-five of the club’s twenty-eight goals scored so far in the tournament, with Messi scoring ten of those goals, tied for the most with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Neymar has scored nine and Suarez picked up six in his first season at the Camp Nou. Messi also leads the club with five assists. Players like midfielder Andres Iniesta and defender Dani Alves are also deserving of praise in Barca’s run to Berlin.
Juventus has plenty of top players at in their ranks. They have a great midfield unit, one the best in Europe, with Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo making key plays and the forward duo of Alvaro Morata (four goals in UCL) and Carlos Tevez (seven goals) up providing the goalscoring threat for Juve. For all of his fourteen-year service to the Old Lady, Gianluigi Buffon has never won a Champions League. One of the greatest goalkeepers to play the game looks to exorcise his European Cup demons with a strong Juventus squad looking to defeat an equally strong Barcelona team.
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