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There will be plenty written about this injury and what it means for Juventus, but here’s a quick take.

Tasked with stopping the most deadly front three Spain, and perhaps the world, has ever produced, Juve will be without their best defender. 

If, as we expect, the plan for Massimiliano Allegri and his side was to sit back and absorb pressure, playing on the break, it is hard think of a player they will miss more.

And, of course, the rest of us miss out on the re-union of these two men…

Big, big news for Juventus. Giorgio Chiellini is out of the Champions League final after failing to recover from a calf injury.

That is a massive blow for the Bianconeri, who posted the news on their website moments ago.

‘Chiellini did not take part in today’s session, following the calf discomfort picked up during the session yesterday. Following tests, which showed a first degree tear to the muscle, the defender will not be available for the match against Barcelona’.

It’s almost two decades since Juventus last won the Champions League, but in the late 1990s they made the final three years in a row.

But since Manchester United beat them in 1999, on the way to a treble, the Old Lady of Italian football have more often than not been some way short of Europe’s elite, despite dominating Serie A in recent years.

Now, they are back – and Sportsmail’s Adam Shergold explains how they made it. 

Juventus captain Gianluca Vialli holds the trophy aloft after winning the 1996 Champions League

Sportsmail’s Pete Jenson has put together a team out of the best players to have played for Barca in the Champions League.

I can tell you who isn’t there: No Ronaldo. No Romario. No Henry. No Suarez. No Stoichkov. No Zubizaretta. No Reizeger. No Mascherano. 

And yet, you can’t really argue with the XI he’s picked. Well, actually, I’m sure you can. Go and do your arguing over HERE.

Not that I’d ever want to divert your attention away from this page, but former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown is about to give his verdict on how to stop Barcelona.

Sportsmail columnist Keown will also be telling you who he thinks will win, and answering any questions you send him. 

You can follow Tackle Keown by clicking on this link.

Gianluigi Buffon insists that Juventus won’t just be there to make up the numbers against Barcelona, as Juve fans head towards Berlin.

‘We can’t go there (Berlin) to make up the numbers. This match means far too much to us,’ he said.

Certainly it looks like the game means plenty to these Juve fans setting off for the German capital…

Juventus fans decorated the truck which will make the 733 mile journey to the Olympiastadion

We heard yesterday that Luis Enrique thinks Lionel Messi is the greatest of all time

Well now it’s the turn of Sportsmail’s reporters to have their say – and it’s fair to say, they are pretty well split on the matter. 

A lot of the debate is around whether he has done enough on the biggest stage, the World Cup. It turns out guiding your team to the final and being voted player of the tournament isn’t enough for some people…

Read the verdicts here, then have your say in the comments.

How about this for a story? UEFA have had to change their combined Barcelona and Juventus legends XI, after the Catalan club complained about Luis Figo being included.

Figo spent five years at the Nou Camp before moving to rivals Real Madrid in 2000 and was selected by UEFA in their combined Juventus and Barcelona team to take on a World XI. 

But Barca blocked the selection, claiming it would anger fans. They might be right – remember when they tried to hit him with a pig’s head?

Full details here – read it, it’s a cracker!

A pigs head is seen on the pitch after it was thrown at Figo follwing his move to Real

Two of Manchester United’s best defenders left the club a year ago – and things could scarcely have gone more differently.

Nemanja Vidic has struggled at a poor Inter, while Patrice Evra is set for a Champions League final with Juve.

Mike Keegan tells the story.

Evra (left), trains with other former Manchester United stars Tevez and Pogba,

Barcelona’s midfield master Xavi was reduced to tears yesterday when Andres Iniesta paid tribute to him. 

Xavi will leave Barca after 24 years of service to the club following Saturday’s final. 

You can watch the video, and read the full story, here.

Former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano once tore his anus tackling Arjen Robben – no-one can doubt the Argentine’s commitment.

Pete Jenson looks at the man who makes Barca tick, and allows their flashier players to flourish, both on and off the pitch.

When Marco Tardelli was a Juve player, he won all there was to win – Five Serie A titles, Two Coppa Italias, the UEFA Cup, the Cup Winners Cup, and of course a European Cup tinged with sadness by the Heysel disaster.

Sportsmail’s Matt Barlow spoke to him about his old club’s return to Europe’s top table. 

Legendary manager Brian Clough was once so incensed by Juventus’ behaviour that he refused to talk to the Italian press, labelling them ‘cheating bastards’.

Juve have never been universally popular, but is that changing? Rob Draper gives his verdict. 

Paul Pogba may be on his way to becoming the world’s best, but there will be another player on show on Saturday who is undoubtedly already there.

According to his manager Luis Enrique, Lionel Messi is ‘the greatest player in history’. High praise indeed.

Luis Enrique (right) watches Messi, ‘the greatest ever’, during a training session

Juventus are full of Manchester connections. Moving on from Liam Gallagher we take a look at former Manchester United youth product Paul Pogba and the other star of that youth set-up, Ravel Morrison.

Mike Keegan examines the differing paths of the two kids once tipped to make it at Old Trafford.

It isn’t all about the Spanish champions though. Juventus Definitely Maybe, have a chance of winning on Saturday.

And they’ve enlisted former Oasis Rock N Roll Star Liam Gallagher to help them out. He’ll be hoping they’ll be celebrating with a Champagne Supernova on Saturday night, after playing alongside some Juventus legends.

Watch the video here.

Juve midfielder Claudio Marchisio posed with Liam Gallagher at the charity match

As well as their talismanic midfielder, Barcelona are set to lose Brazil full-back Dani Alves this summer.

Leo Messi says he is the best right back in the world, while our man in Spain, Pete Jenson, has written about how much Barca may come to miss their flamboyant defender.

Lionel Messi and Dani Alves celebrate after scoring the first goal in the Copa del Rey final

Welcome to Sportsmail’s build-up to the Champions League final. Over the next four days we’ll be bringing you all the news you need ahead of the final in Berlin, as well as expert analysis from our reporters.

To get you going, have a read of Andres Iniesta talking about giving his long-time midfield partner Xavi the perfect Barca send-off.

Andres Iniesta and Xavi celebrate with the trophy after winning the Copa del Rey



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