Former Barcelona legend, Hristo Stoichkov has said that the Spanish giants will beat Juventus in the Champions League final because they boast the better talent.
The Catalans who were crowned Liga champions on Sunday swept past Bayern Munich in the semi-finals 5-3 on aggregate, while Serie A kings Juventus overcame holders Real Madrid to set up the showpiece in Berlin.
Stoichkov, who won the European Cup with Barcelona in 1992, is in little doubt as to who should be favourites to lift the trophy on June 6.
“Barca will win, they have the most talent,” the Bulgaria icon told television programme Al Primer Toque.
Stoichkov also had high praise for head coach Luis Enrique, whom he played alongisde at Camp Nou between 1996 and 1998.
“Has a very clear vision, he is a worthy coach for Barcelona,” Stoichkov said. “Even though he was affected by [former sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta’s departure.
“He is a plus when it comes to managing the dressing room. He has character and he triumphed as a player like that.”
Barca’s attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have been in fearsome form during 2015 but Stoichkov was keen to highlight the importance of the whole team during their remarkable recent form.
“He’s one of a kind. He is and will be the best,” he said of Messi. “But behind Messi, Neymar and Suarez, there are eight other players who make a team that works.”
Finally, Stoichkov moved to defend under-fire Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and head coach Carlo Ancelotti, with both tipped for a summer exit.
“Iker Casillas didn’t deserve what’s happened,” he said. “Ancelotti is a good guy and a good coach. He’ll stay at Madrid if nothing strange happens.”
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