Final training session at the Olympiastadion in Berlin | FC Barcelona
The Barça squad have had their first encounter with the Olympiastadion in Berlin where on Saturday at 8.45pm CET they will face Juventus in the Champions League final. The blaugranes trained on Friday at the venue for the final following on from the press conferences for Piqué and Neymar and that of Luis Enrique. It is a ground that blaugrana coach Luis Enrique knows well given that he scored there playing for Barça against Hertha Berlin in the Champions League back in the season 1999/00.
Champions League final preview: Juventus v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Barça have the opportunity to claim an historic second ‘treble’ as they attempt to add the Champions League title to the domestic league and cup double already claimed this season by Luis Enrique’s side. Standing in their way are Italian club Juventus, in their first final in the competition since 2003 and also looking to complete the Champions League, league and cup treble for the first time in La Vecchia Signora’s history.
Luis Enrique says his team are where they wanted to be | FC Barcelona
The Champions League final is here and with little over 24 hours to go before kick off Barça coach Luis Enrique appeared relaxed in his appearance before the press ahead of Saturday’s clash between Juventus and FC Barcelona in the Berlin Olympic Stadium.
It's a unique chance to show what we can do - Piqué | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué and Neymar are clear about one thing: they want to come back from Berlin with the Club’s fifth Champions League trophy. "The moment is upon us. For us it is a unique opportunity to show the world of what we are capable of," explained the Barça defender in the press conference ahead of the Champions League final on Saturday in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
Dani Alves leaves Barcelona cause for regret - Sid Lowe - ESPN FC
Even if, at his age, it might be time for Alves to move on; even if the money he wants to stay is far, far, far too much; even if there was something a bit suspicious, cynical even, about the fact that his best performances came when he was trying to persuade Barcelona to give him a new contract; even if there have been times when he has momentarily let himself go; even if his crossing was sometimes so bad as to be comic, when he does go they should not celebrate his departure. Especially not now.
Barcelona's historic run has taken Champions League back to its roots | Fusion
But as the European season reaches its final battle, it’s all about the present. Ancelotti is no longer in a job, while Enrique’s army is tearing things up, breaking records and winning La Liga and Copa del Rey trophies. If it beats Juve at the Olympic Stadium this weekend, it will record its 50th win of a season which was under attack and close to retreating five months ago.
Luis Suárez’s European journey finds its apex at last in Champions League final | The Guardian
With Lionel Messi going inside and Suárez seeking space out of his way, the pieces hadn’t fallen into place. By the turn of the year, Suárez had scored just three times. Since then, he has scored 21. He scored the winner against Real Madrid, a goal that set up the title. He scored twice in Manchester against City and twice in Paris against PSG, both of them superb goals preceded by brilliant nutmegs.
Champions League final pits Barcelona and Juventus in face-off for history - ESPN FC
In a way, it's a fitting backdrop for this Champions League final between two clubs with proud -- and in many ways divergent -- histories that have embraced the globalized game. Among the factors that most define modern football is the ability to adapt and absorb change. Just as the city that hosts their showdown Saturday has learned to do.
Barcelona and Juventus Champions League win for treble - ESPN FC
"We are 90 minutes from perfection." That is really the defining theme of this showpiece between Barcelona and Juventus. One side will win it all, given that both are aiming for a treble. The Catalans are aiming to become the first club to win a second treble, and those greater stakes are mirrored in the way they are considered by far the greater team.
President Bartomeu says there is no favourite for the final | FC Barcelona
The day before the Champions League final in Berlin between Juventus and FC Barcelona the traditional dinner organised by UEFA has taken place. The Barça party was led by President Bartomeu who maintained that there "was no clear favourite for the final. We have to think that the team is playing well and that they are motivated. They know what is expected but the game will be open."
UEFA Champions League finalists light up Berlin - UEFA.com
The Brandenburg Gate has been lit up in the colours of Juventus and FC Barcelona after fans of the UEFA Champions League finalists rose to the challenge set by @championsleague on Friday morning. A target of 5,000 retweets was set per team to see the Berlin landmark as it had never been seen in all of its 224 years.
Barzagli to start Champions Final | Football Italia
Giorgio Chiellini was ruled out by injury, so Barzagli has to make a quick recovery from his calf problem to take over at centre-back. Barzagli completed the full training session last night and therefore is ready to start alongside Leonardo Bonucci. The four-man defence remains with Arturo Vidal as a trequartista behind Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata.
Paul Pogba talent will be tested when Juve play Barca UCL - ESPN FC
Paul Pogba knows he is more than a footballer. He is a commodity, a plus sign on a balance sheet -- and a hefty one at that. It is nothing new. He is 22 years old, and from the time he turned 14, he changed clubs three times. Each time, there was acrimony, controversy and bile. Not directed at him so much, but more fueled by the notion that a prize asset was slipping through a club's fingers for far less than it was worth.
Juve coach Allegri says it's 'the most important game of our lives' | FC Barcelona
Juventus opened the day’s press conferences with coach Massimiliano Allegri and players Gianluigi Buffon and Leonardo Bonucci appearing before the gathered multitude of journalists at the Olympic Stadium. "It’s the most important game of our lives, at least up until now," admitted the coach of La Vecchia Signora. According to the Juve boss, "every player will give his all, it’s a unique experience and a defining game."
Patrice Evra says he never called Luis Suarez racist - ESPN FC
"I don't want his apologies," Evra said. "It doesn't matter, it's no problem for me. He will never be my best friend, but this is not a problem. When we are going to play the game, I will shake his hand. "The past is the past. I am really proud of my colour and I will shake his hand like I did with Manchester when we play against Liverpool. My game is against Barcelona, it is not against Luis Suarez."