Iniesta hails ‘incredible’ Barca

Published: Saturday 6th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Man-of-the-match Andres Iniesta revelled in the completion of a rare treble after Barcelona beat Juventus to win the Champions League final in Berlin.

The Spain midfielder set up Ivan Rakitic for the opening goal and was on the pitch for Luis Suarez’s winner, which arrived in response to Alvaro Morata’s equaliser for Juve.

Neymar added the gloss to the victory by making it 3-1 in stoppage time and the Catalans could finally celebrate adding the European Cup to the Primera Division and Copa del Rey already secured this season.

Iniesta told TVE: “We couldn’t have asked for more. To have won three titles and to end the campaign lifting the Champions League is incredible.

“It’s very difficult to win three titles in any given season and to have done it again is spectacular.

“Both teams had their chances.

“It would have calmed us down to have scored one more goal in the first half but nevertheless we got it done.

“To have won the treble twice in six years is something that will be very difficult for a team to repeat.

“It’s an incredible achievement for everyone, the players, for Barca and for our fans.”

The Catalans struck after only four minutes, Rakitic converting Iniesta’s assist to cap a remarkable 16-pass manoeuvre.

Lionel Messi did the leg work for Suarez’s close-range finish – the Argentinian’s shot was saved by Gianluigi Buffon before the Uruguayan pounced – and substitute Pedro slipped Neymar in for a late third.

Juve midfielder Paul Pogba rued his side’s inability to turn the game on its head after Morata put Barca on the backfoot with his 55th-minute leveller.

“We tried our best but Barcelona were better than us,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports.

“They had something that we didn’t have tonight and congratulations to them.

“When we scored we thought that we could win the game and after they scored the second one, our heads went down, but it was never finished.

“We tried and tried again but they scored the last one and that was it.”

Published: Saturday 6th June 2015 by The News Editor

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