Barcelona cruise past Juventus to win their fifth European Cup while Rafael Benitez starts work at the Bernabeu in dismantling their dominance.
BARCELONA COMPLETE THE TREBLE IN BERLIN
And lo it came to pass that Barcelona won the Champions League and the treble this season.
The 3-1 scoreline the history books will record suggests a comfortable win, and indeed the blaugrana never looked like losing, but at least Juventus had the cojones to fight back and equalise through Alvaro Morata instead of being taken apart like Barcelona’s victims in the previous rounds.
Italians are famous for their watertight defences and Juve had won their national championship losing a game less than Barça and conceding only three goals more across 38 games. Yet it took less than five minutes for the blaugrana to unpick their lock.
Ivan Rakitic’s opener came so early that Luis Enrique’s men relaxed psychologically a little instead of terrorising Juve as they might have done. It also made the game a little flat, as Barça maintained possession without much penetration.
The Croatian’s strike was a prime example of the Agen Dominoqq triangular passing his team have used to such effect this season, a system they know so well that their thinking is a split-second ahead of their opponents.
After Morata equalised in the 55th minute, it briefly looked like we had an even contest on our hands and that the wily old Andrea Pirlo and the younger feet …