Gianluigi Buffon admits his Juventus side will be major underdogs when they face La Liga holders Barcelona in the Champions League final on Saturday evening.
The Turin outfit have been a slight surprise in this year’s competition and will be playing in their first European final in over a decade after beating Borussia Dortmund, AS Monaco and Real Madrid to get to this stage.
Both Juve and Barca will be seeking to complete an historic treble after already securing a domestic double respectively this season.
Buffon admits his side were given little chance in the semi-final against Los Blancos and expects it to be the same against the Catalan giants at the weekend:
“Against Real we might have had a 35% chance of making it past them, so I guess the chances of now winning the trophy against this Barcelona side are even slimmer,” he told UEFA’s official website.
“We are aware of this and we can’t deny it – because it’s just obvious,” Buffon stressed.
The Champions League remains the only club trophy the Italian legend is yet to win during his illustrious career with the Old Lady, but he can draw inspiration from a return to Berlin in the stadium where he lifted the World Cup in 2006.
If the Serie A champions are to be victorious then he will have to keep the fearsome attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar quiet, which looks to be an daunting task given their current form in front of goal.