By James Agberebi:
Former Super Eagles skipper Sunday Oliseh has stated that former club, Juventus, stand a chance of winning this season’s UEFA Champions League final against Barcelona.
Oliseh, who spent just one season with Juventus (1999-2000) after he joined them from Ajax, posited that the recently crowned Serie A and Coppa champions are strong in every department, which gives them a chance.
He wrote on his blog sundayoliseh.tv: “This is a one game finale, anything can happen and this Barcelona side is not unbeatable.
“Juventus got this far not because they were lucky but more because they are a solid team from the coach to players and the supporting crew. Therefore they have a bright chance of winning the champions league 2015.”
Oliseh pointed out how Juventus can emerge victorious.
“Juventus need to defend like never before. How they do it is however important and decisive. Compact block behind to counter will be suicidal against a Messi-led attack as he and Neymar will run rings around the defence and provoke lethal free kicks or score.
“Defending high to stop the Barcelona defence from imposing their game from an elaborate buildup from the back could be effective but leaves so much space behind their defensive line and is also suicidal as the defence of Juventus is far from the quickest.
“I believe a spirited combination of both could be useful.”