The day has come for Barcelona and Juventus to lace up and duke it out for the most coveted yearly trophy in world soccer.
The famed Barcelona attack and the staunch Juventus defense will do battle from the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany as one club looks to go home with a historic title in one way or another, with kickoff set for 2:45pm ET.
For the Spaniards, Lionel Messi and his three-pronged attack are looking to cap off a dominant season with a treble that includes the La Liga and Copa del Rey titles. The Italians will hope to become the first Serie A club to win the Champions League since Inter took home the title in 2010, and can win a treble of their own.
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That famous attack does indeed start for Barcelona, as Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez will hope to break down the Juventus defense that has conceded just seven goals in 12 Champions League matches this campaign. They’ll be supported by Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic in midfield, with no surprises in the back line from Luis Enrique.
For Juventus, news broke earlier this week that defender Giorgio Chiellini would miss the final after sustaining a muscle injury in training a few days ago. He is replaced by 34-year-old Andrea Barzagli, who has appeared in each of the club’s last five Champions League games, but four of those came off the bench. The ever-present Andrea Pirlo is in the midfield alongside 22-year-old Paul Pogba to support Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata up front, with Arturo Vidal providing the link.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
Subs: Bravo, Xavi, Pedro, Rafinha, Bartra, Adriano, Mathieu.
Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Barzagli, Evra; Pirlo, Marchisio, Pogba; Vidal; Tevez, Morata.
Subs: Storari, Ogbonna, Padoin, Sturaro, Pereyra, Coman, Llorente.