When Juventus meet Barcelona in the 2015 Champions League final it will be no less than their 13th clash against Spain’s ‘Clasico’ clubs in the tournament’s modern guise.
It’s little surprise, considering they, along with their opponents and Real Madrid, have been at the top of the European game for the vast majority of the competition’s 23-year history.
However, in more than two decades of Champions League football, this will be only the third occasion they have faced the Camp Nou club, with matches against Real Madrid accounting for 11 of their meetings with the Spanish big two.
Both Barca clashes came in 2002/03, a season in which Juve great Pavel Nedved became the third and, so far, last player to achieve a very rare double.
The Czech, who reminded fans why he was known as Furia Ceca (Czech Fury) when stamping on a rapper who dared to nutmeg him in a charity match recently, scored Champions League goals against both Barca and Real in the same season.
Only two players had previously managed the feat – The great Mario Jardel for Porto in 1999/00 and the rather less celebrated James Obiorah who achieved the same feat for Lokomotiv Moscow just months earlier than Nedved.
Fast-forward 12 years and not one but two members of Massimiliano Allegri’s squad have a chance to emulate this notable achievement by their celebrated forebear.
Both Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez struck for the Bianconeri in the semi-final against Real Madrid, with the former notching both home and away.
The pair are 7/2 and 11/4 to score at any time during the 90 minutes respectively, while Morata is 9/10 to bag first or last and Tevez returns at 7/1 on either punt.
Juventus are 51/20 outsiders to win the Champions League, with Barcelona the 7/20 favourites.