Juve’s CL’s heroics deny Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez the chance to make history

Juventus defeated Real Madrid 3-2 on aggregate to set up a Champions League final date with Barcelona.

Juventus advanced to the Champions League final in midweek as they held Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, progressing 3-2 on aggregate.

They will meet Barcelona in Berlin on June 6, an encounter which will surely bring a mixture of styles as both teams head into the encounter boasting impressive records in differing areas.

Yet, one intriguing aspect about the upcoming final involves two players on either side – Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo and the Serie A champions’ Arturo Vidal.

The two players hail from Chile in South America, a country which has remarkably yet to have a representative on the winners’ podium in a Champions League final.

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez was originally deemed the most likely to create Chilean history, especially considering his former club Barcelona looked so threatening during his debut season at the Nou Camp.

However, an agonising semi-final defeat to Chelsea in 2012 and subsequent early exits killed his dream before he traded the Catalans for the Gunners last summer.

Meanwhile, Juve’s rise and Claudio Bravo’s transfer to Barca from Real Sociedad last summer, mean Chile will now have a guaranteed Champions League winner in Berlin next month.

Incredibly, in Bravo’s case, he could pick up a medal despite having yet to feature in Europe this season. The 32-year-old is the club’s domestic stopper, whereas Marc-Andre ter Stegen features in continental competition.

Vidal, on the other hand, has been a key member of the Old Lady’s progress in recent seasons and his decision to remain in Turin amid strong interest from elsewhere looks to have paid off.

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