Dutch legend Marco Van Basten who was part of the AC Milan squad that shocked Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona Dream Team 4-0 in the 1994 Champions League final has said that Juventus must defend deep, concede possession and territory, and deny Messi space.
“Juventus have to stay so close, mark very tight, deny space – and most of all they must stay concentrated. If they do that, Juventus can win. With a good, organised defence, if they counter well Juve can beat Barcelona,” Van Basten explained to Goal.
“I was in Athens in 1994 when everybody expected Barcelona to win against Milan. They had Stoichkov and Romario, Cruyff as coach, everyone talked them up but we were very organised. We played well and we killed them, 4-0.”
But Juventus can’t simply rely on their back four to deny Messi – it must be a team effort. The defence and midfield departments will need to be close together to prevent Leo from locating space in deeper positions – this season the 27-year-old has also evolved into arguably the game’s greatest playmaker.
When Allegri’s Milan surprisingly defeated Barcelona 2-0 at San Siro in 2013, there was an average of just 30 yards separating their defence from attack. Barca were suffocated in the middle of the park and Messi just could not get the ball in dangerous areas.
Juventus face an intimidating Barcelona attack in the trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar when both teams clash in Berlin for the most prestigious European club title.
Both sides are looking to crown their season with the third silverware after they both won their respective leagues and local cups.
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