3 Reasons Why Juventus Will Win The Champions League



Barcelona is getting all the attention for chasing the treble going into the Champions League final, but so is Juventus, who has won Serie A and the Coppa Italia, and are now in the mix to win the European Cup/Champions League for the third time (the first since 1996). Here are three reasons why they could upset Barca as a +505 online betting underdog.

A Rampaging Midfield

If there is one area of the field in which Juve might draw even or have an edge in this matchup, it is in the middle of the pitch. Andrea Pirlo continues to pull the strings from his deep-lying role, but he no longer has to cover a lot of ground as he has Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal in front of him. Pogba missed a couple of months through injury, but he is back and at 22, he is wanted by every club in Europe. Vidal struggled over the first part of the season, but the Chilean is back to his best and was a monster in Juve's upset of Real Madrid in the semifinals. What's more is that Claudio Marchisio doesn't get the props that his teammates do, and he might be the best of the bunch. If Juve wins, the midfield will be a huge reason why.

Tevez And Morata Are A Deadly Duo

Carlos Tevez is Juve's talisman and works extremely hard for the team, pressing defenders to make mistakes at the back and he plays bigger than his size. His 29 goals in all competitions leads the club, while Alvaro Morata was second with 12, and two of those came against former club Read Madrid in the semifinal, so he has a knack for the spotlight and as a Madrid-born player, he probably has a lot of motivation for keeping Barca away from the trophy. Barca's defense is very good, but they can be breached and these two can create havoc for them if they get the proper service from midfield.

Gianluigi Buffon

Tevez is the talisman, while Pirlo is the quiet conductor, but Buffon is the unquestioned heart and soul of Juventus, where he has been since 2000 and stayed with the club throughout the betting scandal that rocked them in 2006. Buffon is the captain and leader of the side and has been through enough pressure situations both at club and international level that he won't be bothered by the moment. He turned 37 in January and continues to be a top-five keeper in the world, commanding his defenders in the box with great aplomb and he can still stop shots of the best of them. Buffon is going to be counted on to make some big saves when Barca comes at him in waves (and they will), and there aren't many keepers in the world that you would trust more to make those saves more than Buffon, who would love nothing more than to add a Champions League winner's medal to his already impressive resume.