Barcelona won the European Cup – and completed a treble for the second time in seven years – with a 3-1 victory over Italian champions Juventus.
There were no surprises on Luis Enrique’s teamsheet. Andres Iniesta had been the only slight injury doubt, but he was fit to start and wore the captain’s armband.
Luis Enrique continued with his policy of using his reserve goalkeeper in cup competitions, which meant Marc-Andre ter Stegen started on home soil, with Claudio Bravo on the bench.
Max Allegri suffered a blow when Giorgio Chiellini was ruled out a couple of days before the final, meaning Andrea Barzagli came into the centre of defence. It also meant Leonardo Bonucci moving to the left of the centre-back pairing.
While it was unlikely to feature from the start here, Allegri has often played with a three-man backline this season. Chiellini’s injury meant there was less chance he would shift to that system midway through the game.
Barcelona were dominant overall, particularly in the first half when they could have put the game to bed very early.
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