Andres Iniesta is looking forward to playing in the Champions League final in Berlin on Saturday. He hopes to tie Clarence Seedorf’s record of having played for the winning side on four Champions League finals. However, doubts about his fitness came into light when he was taken off in the second half of the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Club last Saturday.
On Tuesday, many noticed that Iniesta wasn’t present in the San Joan Despi training ground. The veteran suffered a calf strain during the Spanish Cup final and was forced to leave the match. Although this is just a minor injury, it isn’t clear whether he’ll play on Saturday or not. However, the midfielder brushed aside doubters by insisting in a press conference that:
“Not playing on Saturday has never crossed my mind…Hopefully all will go well and I will be able to help to finish a very special season.”
Even though Iniesta is optimistic that he’ll be able to play at the European Cup final, it’s still up to manager Luis Enrique the decision on whether the Spanish midfielder will be used in the match or not. And while Iniesta is looking forward to make history in Berlin as the only other player besides Seedorf to win the Champions League trophy four times, Xavi Hernandez is hoping to have memorable last match with Barcelona in Berlin.
Some people say that Enrique will either use Iniesta or Xavi in the match and there’s little chance they’ll both be on the pitch at the same time during the match. Others say that either one of them will start the match and the other will just come as a substitute. Of course, these are just speculations and it will be up for the coaching staff of Barca to decide on who will be the players that they will use here. For sure, their decision will be based on what they think is best for Barca to win this match and not just to please the vanity of any particular player.