Juventus' No 1 asset is their willingness to work hard and muck in as a team. They will run and run and run, as they proved in the second leg of the semi-final at the Bernabeu, where they run for 7.5km more than Real Madrid in the game.
Six of the top 10 players in the competition who have covered the most distance come from Juventus - as well as each of the top three, although Giorgio Chiellini won't be playing - whilst Barcelona's first man on the list is Neymar, way down in 13th.
Juventus vs Barcelona combined XI
Juventus vs Barcelona combined XI
1/11 GK: Gianluigi Buffon
The veteran keeper, 37, is still one of the world's best and has again been a mountain of strength for Juventus this season. The Champions League is just about the only medal missing from his glittering career. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is a huge talent, but has a long way to go to reach Buffon.
2/11 RB: Dani Alves
It seems odd that Barcelona would get rid of their rampaging full-back, his bursts forward from the right have been a signature of the team's style since 2008. Stephan Lichtsteiner provides a similar role for Juve (in both style and temper) but isn't close to the Brazilian's level.
3/11 CB: Leonardo Bonucci
Just look back to his towering performances in the two semi-finals against Real Madrid for evidence that he is among the elite in his position. Bonucci is a ferocious defender and without Giorgio Chiellini, will need to be even better to keep out Barcelona. Javier Mascherano has again been utterly superb for Luis Enrique's team, but Bonucci gets the slightest of nods.
4/11 CB: Gerard Pique
After a period out of the team and seemingly more interested in his fame off the pitch, Pique has returned to his perch as one of the world's best. Perfect for this team, his only weakness is a slight lack of pace. Andrea Barzagli is an extremely willing defender, but is on the decline at 34 and may not have played but for Chiellini's injury.
5/11 LB: Jordi Alba
Patrice Evra remains as strong-willed a competitor as there is in football, but he is ageing and not the force he once was. Alba on the suffers appears a bit of a weak link, but he is lightning quick when recovering and a canny defender. Would probably play as a winger in lesser teams such is his talent as an attacker.
6/11 CM: Andrea Pirlo
A hard decision between the ugly necessity of Barca spoiler Sergio Busquets and the majestic beauty of Andrea Pirlo - that's a serious point, Barca couldn't function without their No 5. But Pirlo is just so good on the ball, so brilliant a passer that he has to be in the team, even though he can't run.
7/11 CM: Arturo Vidal
Many people will plump for Paul Pogba in this spot and there is a huge case to be made for the Frenchman, probably the best young player in the world. But whilst Pogba is the future, the tenacious, maniacal Vidal is the present. He absolutely never, ever gives up and gets around the pitch so much there seems to be more than one of him. Not only does he lead this team with his work rate, he makes up for Pirlo's age and also has great talent on the ball.
8/11 CM: Andres Iniesta
The little master is an automatic choice, even if some think he has fallen down a level in the last 18 months. He still possesses the ability to go past a player and find that killer ball like no other - it may not show up in the assist or goal charts but Iniesta is the man that makes this team tick. Ivan Rakitic has been excellent for Barca this season as well.
9/11 FW: Lionel Messi
Nothing to say beyond perfection.
10/11 FW: Luis Suarez
After some teething problems (mind the pun) at Barcelona, the striker has settled in so well at the Nou Camp, revolutionising the way the team plays. He works as any player in world football and has an unselfishness that has allowed both Messi and Neymar to flourish again.
11/11 FW: Carlos Tevez
It would be very tempting and perfectly reasonable to keep Barca's front three together but Juventus will live and die in the final with Tevez. He is the soul of the Old Lady and their first option. Neymar is a stunning talent, of course and the trio have 120 goals (!) between them this season - direct your fury in the comments box below, if you so wish.
Massimiliano Allegri's team not only have the quality to punish mistakes, they put in the blood and sweat to make their own luck.
Barcelona are known for their swarming pressing game, but Juventus have been the masters at it this season. They will never be out of the game as long as they keep believing.
Buffon and Pirlo swansong
Two of the greatest players of their generation, Gianluigi Buffon (37) and Andrea Pirlo (35) are surely playing in the last major finals of their illustrious careers.
Buffon has never won the competition and will be desperate to lift his third trophy of the season as captain of the Old Lady. Pirlo has won it twice in his Milan prime, but the last of those came in 2007.
Not only will the pair be desperate to win the competition, but their team-mates and fans all over the world will be pulling for the two legends to get their hands on the trophy.
This Juventus team is much more than the old Italian stereotype of a being defensive and negative, but they can turn it that way if they really want to.
As numerous pundits, including Paul Scholes, have pointed out, the way to beat Barcelona isn't to try and play them at their own game, it's to form a defensive wall and let them try and break you down. With an experienced back-line and goalkeeper, and hard-workers throughout the team, Juventus should be able to execute this game plan better than most.
The injury to Giorgio Chiellini is a massive shame, but Juventus still have the players to pull it off.
For all their attacking brilliance Barcelona do have one slight chink in their armour - set-pieces. The problem is winning attacking free-kicks and corners and then having someone with the quality to deliver dangerous balls.
They have that man in Pirlo and with Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets the only players over 6ft in the Barca team, Juventus could look to exploit that with the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli, Alvaro Morata and even Patrice Evra, a strong aerial threat.
Ok, ok, we're clutching at straws a bit. But no one expected Juventus to get past Real Madrid, and they were undoubtedly the better team in both legs, playing the tie to perfection.
Allegri has proven to be a shrewd tactician this season and will have his Juve team extremely well prepared to deal with the monumental Barcelona threat.Reuse content