BERLIN (AP) — Barcelona is deploying the formidable trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar up front against Juventus in the Champions League final.
Barca coach Luis Enrique was able to retain the same starting lineup that beat Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey last Saturday, with Andres Iniesta recovering from a right knee problem to start in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.
Xavi Hernandez’s 17-season Barcelona career is ending with him starting the game on the bench.
Juventus was forced into replacing injured defender Giorgio Chiellini, with Andrea Barzagli taking his place in the starting lineup.
Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Patrice Evra, Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal, Carlos Tevez, Alvaro Morata.
Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar.