Barcelona and Juventus are set to get the Champions League Final underway on Saturday with both clubs seeking to pull off the highly improbable and coveted treble. The match is a contrast in styles, with Barcelona a highly efficient passing club with a superstar trio attack in Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, while Juvenuts boast one of the most potent defenses in the world with world-class goalkeeper Gigi Buffon, and defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli.
Most experts have pegged Barcelona to edge the talent-rich Italian club. Barcelona was able to hold off Bundesliga titans Bayern Munich in the semifinals and French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain in the quarters. Juventus managed to stave off Real Madrid in the semifinals.
A key player to watch for from Barcelona is Andres Iniesta. The playmaker is crucial to the Catalans' hopes, and will need to make sure he is able to find his high-scoring forwards while avoiding turnovers. Yet, Paul Pogba might be the most important player on either club. The dynamic French star is the catalyst for Juventus' attack, and if he can penetrate the Barcelona defense, it might be the reason Juventus pull off the upset.
The last time Juventus won the Champions League was 1996. Barcelona won the title in 2011.
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Here are the lineups for both clubs:
G: Ter Stegen
D: Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba
M: Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta
F: Messi, Suárez, Neymar
D: Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Barzagli, Evra
M: Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio
F: Tevez, Morata
Prediction: Barcelona over Juventus, 1-0
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