Tuesday June 2 2015
Zac: 'Juve psychological strength'

Alberto Zaccheroni believes Juventus are “psychologically in much better shape” than Barcelona in the Champions League Final.

The showdown is on Saturday night in Berlin and one of the two sides will complete the Treble, having already won their League and domestic Cup trophies.

“Juve have a 40 to 50 per cent chance of doing it,” ex-Japan manager Zaccheroni told Sky Sport Italia.

“On a psychological level the Bianconeri are in much better shape, because they go into this as outsiders and nobody expected this.

“Playing against Barcelona always gives extra energy to opponents. If Barça were to lose, it would be treated as a failure. They feel obliged to win and reach the Final with a lot of pressure and tension.

“The way to stop Barcelona is to take away their supply lines. It’s no longer the tiki-taka team, as Luis Enrique added a bit of an Italian mentality to his football culture.

“Max Allegri has a solid squad that is in great shape. He needs to focus on the midfield, which is one of the strongest in the world.

“Allegri’s Juve is better at adapting to various situations than Antonio Conte.”

This is the Bianconeri’s first Champions League Final since 2003.

“Juventus always showed themselves to be the most organised Italian team over the long-term,” continued Zac.

“When I was there five years ago, the squad was the result of a preceding era. There were many players towards the end of their career and we never had fewer than 13 missing at a time.

“The club set out a great business plan that will allow them to work for many years with the future in their favour.”

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