Juve remember Heysel victims

Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Juventus hope to dedicate a victory in the Champions League final to the victims of the Heysel disaster.

The Italian side play Barcelona in Saturday’s final in Berlin, 30 years after 39 supporters – mainly from Juventus – lost their lives when Liverpool fans rioted in the Heysel stadium in Brussels.

Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci told a news conference at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium: “As regards the Heysel tragedy, I went to a commemoration last week for the victims.

“The memory of what happened there is a further stimulus for us because we hope to dedicate the victory to those who lost their lives that night.”

Juventus manager Max Allegri added: “Heysel will always be one of the dark pages of football history – and not just for Juventus but all football. For us, it is important to remember the victims and commemorate their deaths.”

Bonucci insisted Juventus were not too concerned by the renowned attacking threat of Barcelona’s front trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar and that their 3-0 win in Germany against Borussia Dortmund had given the Italians confidence.

He said: “It will not be the Barca attack against the defence of Juventus. The game in Dortmund made us realize that we are a great team, gave us that awareness .

“We come here knowing that we are probably a rung below Barcelona, but in a final the differences dwindle.

“It is up to us to fight for every ball. We will not be the victims here.”

Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by The News Editor

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