"They have got fewer weaknesses than most teams," said the Italian captain. "But I lived a beautiful experience this winter with Italy against Ireland when we were not favourites and we won that Six Nations match.
"It would be wonderful to win the trophy and I just hope those who play in the final earn a lot of experience from the occasion.
"We play the final at 21.00 and the day will be very long. We will have to remain calm and take pleasure once we are out on the pitch. I don't know if we're going to win, but we want to be proud of our performance."
The pain of losing the 2011 final to Harlequins by a single point is still raw - and a motivational tool for Friday night.
"We all remember that final two years ago and we will try to remember the mistakes we did that day - although every game is different," said Julien Arias.
Pierre Rabadan added: "These are moments to savour, but it's also a question of details. We just have to be able to focus on the event and produce the best performance we can.
"We have often failed for just a few seconds of a European title and now we can be a part of the history of this club - and clinch a ticket for the Heineken Cup to those who will stay. We are convinced that we can win this game."