Thursday June 4 2015
Mascherano: ‘Juventus have variety’

Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano warns Juventus are ‘not a traditional Italian team’ ahead of the Champions League final.

The Bianconeri are in the final of the competition for the first time in 12 years, and will take on the Catalan side in Berlin on Saturday.

“They have that Italian competitive edge,” Mascherano told UEFA’s official website.

“It is always difficult to overcome that because they are very, very competitive. They are very tactical.

“They understand football and on top of that they have a lot of talent. It is not a traditional Italian team.

“They play like Italians but they have a lot of talent, they know how to attack and they can play in different ways. They have lots of variety and that makes them very difficult to play against.”

The Argentinian also picked out his international teammate Carlos Tevez as the man to watch in the Juve ranks.

“We have played against each other during Boca v River games, during Manchester United v Liverpool.

“We have played together as well [at West Ham United and for Argentina]. Our paths in the beginning were quite similar but then he went to Manchester and I went to Liverpool.

“Of course, he is a top player, a magnificent centre-forward and, above all, a player who likes to win. He's made for these games.”

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