Cesc Fàbregas / PHOTO: Carmelo Rubio - RFEF

Twenty-one days after they opened their group stage with a 1-1 draw, Italy and Spain meet again in tonight’s final with the reigning World and European Champions within touching distance of an amazing treble of titles. The Spanish squad boasts seven Barça players, plus the newly signed Jordi Alba, who seems certain to start alongside his new Club colleagues Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta and Xavi, whilst the presence of Cesc in the starting XI is a tactical question Del Bosque will have to resolve, after starting him on the bench in the semi finals and using him as an impact sub together with Pedro.

Víctor Valdés and ex-Barça keeper Pepe Reina, meanwhile, have a fundamental role on the bench, keeping the squad together and morale high.

Fifth Final of the season

It’ll be the fifth final of this season for Valdés, Piqué, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro and Cesc in Kiev tonight and that experience will be key in keeping at bay the Italians, led by the explosive Mario Balotelli and the veteran playmaker Pirlo, whose attractive pressing game will contrast with Spain’s masterful control of possession.

Club representatives

Club Director Toni Freixa, who is the Board secretary and spokesperson, will be accompanied by the Club’s representative to the LFP and RFEF, Javier Bordas as Barça’s official representatives at tonight’s final.

Barça four out to add missing title

Not many players can hope to win a winners medal in every top competition, but if Spain win tonight, Gerard Piqué, Pedro Rodríguez, Sergio Busquets and Víctor Valdés will join that small group, with the European Championships the only title they’ve not yet won after taking every other major domestic and European title at Club level and the World Cup with Spain