Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has said he thinks Juventus are in the Champions League final on merit and deserved to beat Real Madrid en route.
The Seria A champions take on La Liga winners Barcelona in the final on Saturday evening in Berlin, with former Real striker Alvaro Morata aiming to fire his way to glory and cheer up Real fans wishing their side was in the showpiece event.
Morata broke Los Blancos hearts last month, scoring a goal in each leg to knock the 10-time winners out. That semi-final exit cost Carlo Ancelotti his job at the Santiago Bernabeu, and the Italian was replaced by Rafa Benitez.
Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, del Bosque said he would have liked a Clasico final, but Juve deserved to be in Berlin.
“From a Spanish point of view, I’d have liked to have seen a Clasico final between Barça and Madrid,” Del Bosque stated.
He added: “Having said that, Juventus very much deserved to reach the final, and the fact that both finalists are aiming for the treble is a measure of this great match between two teams which are different in style, but united by greatness. Juventus? They’re a team which in particular is very well organised, very efficient.