Friday, June 5, 2015

Juventus vs Barcelona Champions League final - 06-06-2015

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Juventus vs Barcelona - Competition: UEFA Champions League Final

Juventus team has topped Serie A for the fourth successive year, boasting the best attack and the strongest defence in the league. They were too dominant domestically and finished the league 17 points ahead Roma.  In Champions League, Juventus knocked out defending champions Real, winning 2-1 in Turin, then holding Los Blancos to a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu. In the previous rounds, they easily eliminated BVB while the clash against Monaco was more levelled.
Key defender Giorgio Chiellini, will miss the match and the reunion with Suarez after the Uruguayan bit him at last year's World Cup. Coach Massimiliano Allegri is already without Martin Caceres but might be able to call upon Andrea Barzagli. Fernando Llorente netted in the 2-2 draw with Verona at the weekend, but he is unlikely to feature from the start, with Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez leading the Juventus offensive.
Barcelona have been the best club side in the world in 2015, losing only two matches: against Real Sociedad after te Christmas break and a 1-0 loss to Malaga in an upset at the Camp Nou. They finished La Liga as champions, two points clear of Real Madrid. In UCL, the Blaugrana knocked Bayern Munich out in the semis and gained revenge for their 2013 7-0 aggregate scoreline. They cruised through to the final 5-3 on aggregate thanks to a 3-0 win away in Germany and a 2-3 defeat at home.
Manager Luis Enrique will probably name the same XI that started both legs of the semi-final against Bayern and so Marc-Andre ter Stegen retain his place in goal at the expense of Claudio Bravo. Xavi is expected to be benched while Dani Alves could play his last game for the club amidst reports he has agreed a move to Manchester United. Of course, Messi, Neymar and Suarez will lead the offensive line.
Messi, Suarez and Neymar have netted 120 times between them this season while their defense have conceded just 21 goals in 38 league games. Barça have scored at least 2 goals in 10 of their last 11 matches in the Champions League but Juventus are undefeated in their last 9 matches in the competition.

Probable lineups:
Juventus: Buffon – Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Barzagli, Evra – Marchisio, Pogba, Pirlo – Vidal – Morata, Tevez.
FC Barcelona: ter Stegen – Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba – Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic – Messi, Suarez, Neymar. 

Juventus last 5 matches:
13/05/15 Real Madrid 1 – 1 Juventus
16/05/15 Inter 1 – 2 Juventus
20/05/15 Juventus E 2 – 1 Lazio
23/05/15 Juventus 3 – 1 Napoli
30/05/15 Hellas Verona 2 – 2 Juventus

Barcelona last 5 matches:
09/05/15 Barcelona 2 – 0 Real Sociedad
12/05/15 Bayern München 3 – 2 Barcelona
17/05/15 Atlético Madrid 0 – 1 Barcelona
23/05/15 Barcelona 2 – 2 Deportivo
30/05/15 Athletic Club 1 – 3 Barcelona

Match date: 6 June 2015
Kick Off Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin, Germany

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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