Tuesday June 2 2015
Messi: ‘Juventus are very strong’

Lionel Messi says Juventus are ‘very strong’ as he prepares to meet them in the Champions League final with Barcelona.

Both sides are playing for a treble in Saturday’s match, and the Argentinian has helped his side to La Liga, the Copa Del Rey and this final with 58 goals and 23 assists in 50 games this season.

“It's a Champions League final,” said Messi, speaking to UEFA’s official website.

“We have to go through a lot to make it to the final because we know it is not easy to become champions again.

“Our dream is to win it all. We know that we will face a very tricky opponent – they are very strong, Juventus are a big team.

“It is a final and anything can happen, but we will prepare and approach it as we have approached finals before.”

One of the biggest dangers for the Bianconeri will be the ‘MSN’ trident - Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar - and the four-time Ballon d’Or winner says a friendship off the pitch helps them to be effective on it.

“We get along with each other really well, not only on the field but also off it. I think that if you get along well off the pitch, this makes things easier on the pitch.”

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