Champions League

Vidal: Barca not unbeatable

2015-06-04 14:31
Arturo Vidal (AFP)

Turin - When Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal begins to think about the "most important" game of his life on Saturday, his great anticipation ahead of the Champions League final clash with Barcelona in Berlin is immediately clear to see.

"Standing in the final of the Champions League is the maximum for every footballer," the Chilean said.

After 10 years as a professional, including four in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, he has achieved many of his goals - and now want to win the biggest title in club football.

"Barcelona are the favourites but they are not unbeatable," he said.

The 28-year-old Vidal is returning to top form at the best possible time for his club having played for Chile at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil while hampered by a knee injury.

His return to Juventus and Italy was then hindered by a lack of fitness and niggling injuries which was reflected in performance. Despite playing in virtually every game, Vidal has only eight competitive goals this season compared to 15 and 18 in the previous years.

But any perceived change in Vidal's game is not considered a problem by his coach, Massimiliano Allegri.

"Vidal is no longer running after opponents, he has left them (behind)," Allegri said.

Despite his previous injuries and form dip, his value to the team in midfield as a fighter has never been in doubt.

"If I had to go to war, I would always take him along," captain Gianluigi Buffon said of the player who moved to Juve in 2011 from Leverkusen, going back on a verbal deal to join Bayern Munich in the process.

Vidal actually speculated before the season that his time to win the Champions League was about to arrive. But he is taking nothing for granted.

"To date, the others were always the favourites and we have managed to prove ourselves," he said. "We hope that again on Saturday the favourites will lose."

Vidal will be watched on Saturday not just by European fans by legions of Chilean supporters who are making "success over Barcelona a national issue," according to the Tuttosport newspaper.

"There are many emotions that you go through before a game like this," Vidal said. "It's a dream to be here ahead of the most important game of my life."

The triumphs enjoyed at Juve - four Serie A titles including a double this season - have given Arsenal and Real Madrid cause to ponder a move for Vidal. But that is not something he is concerned with just yet.

"Now we want to complete the treble in Berlin," he concluded.

Read more on:    juventus  |  champions league  |  arturo vidal  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Chelsea v Barcelona, TBA 02:00
Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma, TBA 02:00
Real Madrid v PSG, TBA 02:00
Bayern Munchen v Besiktas, TBA 02:00
Porto v Liverpool, TBA 02:00
Basel v Manchester City, TBA 02:00
Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur, TBA 02:00
Sevilla v Manchester United, TBA 02:00
Tuesday, 06 March 2018
Barcelona v Chelsea, TBA 02:00
Manchester City v Basel, TBA 02:00
Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk, TBA 02:00
Besiktas v Bayern Munchen, TBA 02:00
PSG v Real Madrid, TBA 02:00
Manchester United v Sevilla, TBA 02:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus, TBA 02:00
Liverpool v Porto, TBA 02:00
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Which English Premier League club will progress furthest in this season's Champions League?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.