Having lifted both the Coppa Italia and the Serie A in the last few weeks, Juventus also find themselves in the Champions League final. But do the Serie A giants have what it takes to do the treble?
No other team in Italy got a look in with Juventus this season. They won the league with a huge sixteen point cushion – and we thought Chelsea were good. Their team is one of the best in Europe, with so many big players like Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez, Patrice Evra to name just a few.
When it comes to Europe, Juve absolutely deserved their place in the final. Their dramatic draw at the Santiago Bernabeu was enough to send them through, thanks to the all important away goal. The goal in question coming from Alvaro Morata: the player deemed not good enough for Real Madrid’s standards. You couldn’t make it up, could you?
But what a battle Juve have on their hands and they could not face a stronger side. Barcelona themselves have won the La Liga title, and are in the final for the Copa del Rey. So, by the time they face Juventus, Barcelona themselves could be looking to complete a treble of their own.
With the front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, they could spell trouble for Juve. They’ve spelled trouble for just about everyone else. If a strong Barcelona side is fielded (is there even a weak one?) Juve will have a tough time stopping them.
Andrea Pirlo has said he would love to lift the Champions League as a fitting send off to his Juventus career. But, now that Xavi will not be staying at Barcelona – he will be leaving the Catalan giants at the end of the season for Qatar – would it not be a the perfect end for him too? Of course it would. He has been vital to Barcelona’s successes and will be a huge loss to them. Unfortunately, both players cannot snag a Champions League medal at the end of full time.
Juventus are worthy contenders for the title. If they can stop the best side in European football on the 6th of June, it will go down in history. For right now, they are the underdogs.
Who doesn’t love a win for the underdog?