The ball didn't want to go in against Juventus, says Luis Enrique

Paola Ditto
Aprile 20, 2017

The Brazilian right-back, who moved from the Camp Nou to Turin previous year, helped keep former team-mate Neymar quiet in the first leg of their quarter-final tie on April 11 as Juventus won 3-0 at home.

Juve held Barca to a goalless draw at Camp Nou on Wednesday night, having thumped the Catalans 3-0 in Turin. But without the boost of a winning streak.

Barcelona have scored at least three goals in seven of their last eight Champions League games at the Camp Nou.

From leading the Spanish league by one point before beating PSG, Barcelona has dropped to second, three points behind, and hasn't been playing well. While Real edged past the German champions when the match rolled into extra time, riding on a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick in a rather controversial match which framed around certain alleged referee blunders.

"We need to score fewer goals", said an optimistic Enrique. I think that's essential if you want to get the best out of yourself and improve. "Right until the 95th minute we have to be united". We have to give our absolute maximum.

Diminutive, dynamic and armed with a deadly left foot, Paulo Dybala could be a prototype of a Lionel Messi clone. But it was Monaco who had the best chances to score again after that, with Burki tipping over Almamy Toure's looping header and Falcao squandering a fine chance before substitute Germain made sure of their place in the last four. He netted twice each against Valencia, Sevilla, and Real Sociedad, but failed to score in the losses to Malaga and Juventus.

Dani Alves committed the only slip in Juventus" discipline when he was caught off the pitch at kickoff saying "hello' to his former teammates in Barcelona's dugout. "If you show a sign of nerves, they smell the blood and finish you off".

Brazilian star Neymar will return to action for Barcelona and he will hope to repeat his heroic performance against PSG when his side face Juventus. In that period, no other Italian club has reached the Last 8 of the competition.

Modest Malaga have cracked the code to stopping Barca's much-vaunted attacking triumvirate of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

The Champions League quarterfinal Barcelona vs. Juventus will see Juventus board a flight to Spain to take on Barcelona at their home in the second leg of the quaterfinal.

Andres Iniesta said on Tuesday that Barca would have to produce the ideal game, perhaps their best performance of the season.

Alves played 391 matches for Barca, scoring 21 goals and assisting an awesome 102 strikes. "We deserved to go through".

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE