June 05, 2015 13:32:28 UK
Lionel Messi expects Juventus to provide a strong test for Barcelona in Saturday’s Champions League Final in Berlin.
The Argentine has warned his Barcelona teammates they must be at their best if they are to complete the much coveted treble by adding the Champions League trophy to their La Liga and Copa del Rey triumphs this season.
Messi will be playing in his third Champions League Final and having scored and won in both previous games, he knows exactly what to expect.
Having watched the Serie A champions eliminate Real Madrid in the last four, Messi anticipates a tough evening in Berlin.
Our dream is to win it all.
“We know that we will face a very tricky opponent, they are very strong. Juventus are a big team. It is a final and anything can happen, but we will prepare and approach it as we have approached finals before,” he said.
Messi is 2.00 to continue his record of scoring in each Champions League Final he appears in. He says Barcelona are not willing to throw away the hard work of this season by falling at the final hurdle.
“I guess the feelings and preparations will be the same as with the cup finals we’ve played before,” he said.
“It’s a Champions League final where we have suffered a lot to make it to the final because we know it is not easy to become champions again. Our dream is to win it all.”
Barcelona are 1.61 to beat Juventus in the final, with the Italians 6.00 and the draw 4.20.
Messi admitted last year had been tough for him as he battled against injury and loss of form, but he paid tribute to the manner in which Barcelona stood by him.
“I like this club a lot because, as I said before, it’s more than just how they helped and supported me in all the years I have been here.”
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