Barcelona may become the runaway favorite to win the Champions League for some football fans. This assumption makes sense as they would find some great powers on them: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar, the history, the syle and the recent run of play. There can be no doubt that Barcelona is a top notch side.
However, it is important to note that Juventus is not hobbling into this final match or simply lucky to be fighting for the top prize and recognition in club soccer. The team also have several numbers of reason and those reasons are also justify this team as a potential club to win the Champions League. Here are some reasons why Juventus should not be overlooked.
MassimilaniAllegri knows how to make his men to play possession soccer as he showed it in Turin against Real Madrid and won 2-1. He also knows how to shut down possession soccer like it was exhibited in the second leg against Real Madrid. While the Italian club know how to flood the midfield and the fill up the spots inside the penalty area to cut off supply to the attackers.
Juventus has the share of counter attacking option in the squad, and this team is just as good in the middle of the pitch. Pirlo, Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal can take over the match and pose variety of threats.
Giorgio Chiellini and Patrice Evra are suffered humiliation at the hands of the Luis Suarez at some point in their respective careers. It may triggers some revenge factor involved in the proceedings of the game. Chielinni will likely be shutting down Suarez directly, while Evra might not have the same direct impact on Suarez’s game, but he might show greater desperation to take down a player.
Barcelona’s defense is not compact as it has misfires and struggles against quicker forwards. Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez are swift strikers and will likely give Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique major problems. While Juventus is likely to have its forward like complete, forcing one of two factors. Barcelona might have its own triple threat of forwards, but tactically Barcelona might find it harder to shut down the variety of attackers at Allegri’s disposal.
Concerning the underdog status and players’ mental, it is likely to become the reason for Juventus’ status as a favorite to win. The Italian side will be looked upon as the underdog, and it also means that Barcelona has more pressure to succeed than Juventus does.