Andres Iniesta hailed Barcelona’s historic treble as ‘incredible’ after his side beat Juventus to win the Champions League final in Berlin. The Spain midfielder produced a man-of-the-match performance during his side’s 3-1 victory before claiming his side’s record of two trebles in six years will be difficult for anyone to beat.
The Italians side deserve huge credit for their eventual response to such an early setback, but there is no doubt that Barca are the deserved Champions League winners. For the first time in four years, they sit at the perch of European football. They also continued their stunning recent record in the final of this competition: Four finals since 1994, four victories. Juventus have almost the opposite history, now losing all four finals since 1996. It’s enough to make Andrea Pirlo cry.
The appraise for Iniesta also comes from his teammates, Luis Suarez who says that everything at Barcelona is easier, thanks to the presence of players like Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta. The Uruguay striker struck the second goal for the Catalan club in their 3-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final in Berlin on Saturday, but heaped praise on his team-mates afterwards.
Iniesta told the reporters: “We couldn’t have asked for more. To have won three titles and to end the campaign lifting the Champions League is incredible. It’s very difficult to win three titles in any given season and to have done it again is spectacular. To have won the treble twice in six years is something that will be very difficult for a team to repeat,” he added.”
The Catalans struck after only four minutes, Ivan Rakitic converting Iniesta’s assist to cap a remarkable 16-pass maneuvers.Iniesta was magnificent in the Olympiastadion. Whilst Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Pirlo all struggled to gain consistent control amongst the madness, Iniesta was able to control and conduct the game in his own inimitable style; it’s easy to forget that he was a doubt for the game with a calf problem. The astonishing statistic is that he has assisted a goal in each of his last three Champions League finals (2009, 2011, 2015). The ultimate big game player.
On the other hand, Iniesta is a simple, humble man; another reason why there is nothing can be loved from him. “I get the feeling people respect me and that there is affection for me,” responded Iniesta, talking about his career. “That makes me happy. I don’t consider myself a star.”