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Jun 6, 2015

Juve risk Barzagli in Champions League final

BERLIN (Reuters) РJuventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has taken a risk by deploying Andrea Barzagli in central defence in place of the injured Giorgio Chiellini for Saturday’s Champions League final against Barcelona.

Barzagli, who will partner Leonardo Bonucci in the middle, has not played since suffering a thigh strain against Napoli two weeks ago and only returned to training on Wednesday.

Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-Juve risk Barzagli in Champions League final

BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has taken a risk by deploying Andrea Barzagli in central defence in place of the injured Giorgio Chiellini for Saturday’s Champions League final against Barcelona.

Barzagli, who will partner Leonardo Bonucci in the middle, has not played since suffering a thigh strain against Napoli two weeks ago and only returned to training on Wednesday.

Jun 5, 2015

Barca not getting carried away before final – Luis Enrique

BERLIN (Reuters) – Barcelona are not getting caught up in the euphoria of their fans as they prepare for Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus, coach Luis Enrique said on Friday.

Barca supporters are on a high after their team wrapped up won the La Liga title and King’s Cup last month with the club now on the verge of repeating their historic treble from 2009.

Jun 5, 2015

Soccer-Barca not getting carried away before final-Luis Enrique

BERLIN, June 5 (Reuters) – Barcelona are not getting caught up in the euphoria of their fans as they prepare for Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus, coach Luis Enrique said on Friday.

Barca supporters are on a high after their team wrapped up won the La Liga title and King’s Cup last month with the club now on the verge of repeating their historic treble from 2009.

Jun 5, 2015

Neymar hoping to make an impact in ‘dream final’

BERLIN (Reuters) – When Barcelona thrashed Santos 4-0 in the Club World Cup final in Japan in 2011, then-Santos forward Neymar admitted the Brazilians had been taught a humbling footballing lesson.

Now a key part of the Barca team and on the eve of a Champions League final, Neymar says he is hoping to use what he learned that day in Yokohama, and what he has learned since joining the Catalan giants in 2013, to help fire them to victory against Juventus in Berlin on Saturday.

Jun 5, 2015

Soccer-Neymar hoping to make an impact in ‘dream final’

BERLIN, June 5 (Reuters) – When Barcelona thrashed Santos 4-0 in the Club World Cup final in Japan in 2011, then-Santos forward Neymar admitted the Brazilians had been taught a humbling footballing lesson.

Now a key part of the Barca team and on the eve of a Champions League final, Neymar says he is hoping to use what he learned that day in Yokohama, and what he has learned since joining the Catalan giants in 2013, to help fire them to victory against Juventus in Berlin on Saturday.

Jun 4, 2015

Allegri goes from pariah to brink of immortality

BERLIN (Reuters) – When Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was greeted with a hail of eggs and spat at on his first day at work he could not have imagined he would lead them to the brink of an unprecedented treble of titles in his first season.

Yet that is what the phlegmatic 47-year-old Italian has achieved since succeeding Antonio Conte in July last year, with Juve already crowned Serie A champions and Italian Cup winners and facing Barcelona in Saturday’s Champions League final.

Jun 4, 2015

Debutant Luis Enrique riding high with Barcelona

BERLIN (Reuters) – The enduring image of Luis Enrique for many football fans is the Spain player with blood gushing from his nose after a vicious elbow from Italy defender Mauro Tassotti in the 1994 World Cup quarter-finals in Boston.

That could now be replaced by a picture of the beaming Barcelona coach proudly showing off the treble of trophies the Catalan club are on course to win in his hugely impressive first season in charge at the Nou Camp.

Jun 4, 2015

Morata looking to strike a blow for Juve – and Real

BERLIN (Reuters) – Juventus forward Alvaro Morata seemed genuinely apologetic after he netted the goal that knocked his former club Real Madrid out in the Champions League semi-finals and he wants to try to make amends.

The 22-year-old Spain international scored in both legs of Juve’s 3-2 aggregate success over the holders and is hoping to lead his side to victory against Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona in Saturday’s Champions League final.

Jun 4, 2015

Profile: Morata looking to strike a blow for Juve – and Real

BERLIN (Reuters) – Juventus forward Alvaro Morata seemed genuinely apologetic after he netted the goal that knocked his former club Real Madrid out in the Champions League semi-finals and he wants to try to make amends.

The 22-year-old Spain international scored in both legs of Juve’s 3-2 aggregate success over the holders and is hoping to lead his side to victory against Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona in Saturday’s Champions League final.