Tuesday June 2 2015
Lichtsteiner: ‘Barcelona are favourites’

Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner admits Barcelona are favourites ahead of the Champions League final.

The Old Lady are in their first final in this competition since 2003, and are aiming to win it for the first time since 1996.

“I personally think Barcelona are favourites,” Lichtsteiner told Sky.

“They have a squad which has already won a couple of Champions League titles, a squad which plays to win the Champions League every year.

“I think Barcelona are certainly favourites, but we’ll play anyway.

“It’s a final, and we want to win so there’s pressure for both teams. I think both are good, we say the end of the game they played the other day [the Copa Del Rey final].

“We’re in great shape, and they’re also playing really well.”

The Swiss international also admitted that Barça’s ‘MSN’ front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar represents a significant threat.

“Of course, but Barcelona don’t just have strong forwards, they’re midfielders and defenders are good, and it’s a team which can rightly be called the best in the world, so we’ll need the utmost concentration.

“But we’re a good team too, and we can hurt them and make this a great game.”

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