This weekend, Juventus and Barcelona will face each other in Berlin. Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, and Neymar, three of the world’s most dynamic attackers, will try to put the ball past Juventus’s Gianluigi Buffon, one of the sport’s most decorated goalkeepers.
The Old Lady have been the dominant side in Serie A for four seasons, this year winning the league by 17 points – the same margin they had to Roma a year ago.
However, until this term they have disappointed on the European stage in recent years. This is their first Champions League final for 12 years since the defeat to AC Milan at Old Trafford in 2003. They haven’t won Europe’s elite competition since 1996 when they beat Ajax on penalties in Rome.
That was their second victory in the competition and if they triumph on Saturday they will become the ninth side with at least three European titles.
In all competitions and the Champions League, Masimilliano Allegri‘s side are unbeaten in nine games and they are desperately hoping not to become the first team to lose in the final of the European Cup/Champions League six times.
Their route to the final has included victories in the knockout stages over Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and, most notably, last year’s winners Real Madrid in the semi-finals.
A Barca-Real El Clasico showdown was expected in Berlin, but Allegri’s side upset the odds with a 3-2 aggregate victory against Los Blancos.
In fact, the Old Lady will have played all of Spain’s big three in this year’s competition after being draw with Atletico Madrid in the group stage.
Four of Juve’s squad – Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan 2003, 2007), Patrice Evra and Carlos Tevez (Manchester United 2008) and Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid 2014) – have Champions League final-winning experience.