Barcelona fans, players, coach stay positive after CL exit

Paola Ditto
Aprile 21, 2017

Barca had overcome a 4-0 first leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 with a dramatic 6-1 win back on home soil.

"We have a very good chance of reaching the Final in Cardiff and raising this trophy to the sky", replied the defender. "We fought until the end. It was fate that saw us face each other", he said.

Luis Enrique blamed the team's elimination on the lackluster performance in the first half of the match in Italy, when Barcelona was outplayed and conceded two goals that left Juventus in control. "I'll keep remembering that first half at Juventus Stadium".

"If we build on that even more, and continue to evolve, then we can become a truly great team".

Monaco's players acknowledge the fans after the Champions League 2nd leg quarterfinal match against Borussia Dortmund at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco Wednesday.

The Brazilian lifted three European Cups during his time at the Nou Camp and could win his fourth this season, with his new club in the hat for this year's semi-final draw. "Neymar is a very important loss for Barcelona and I'm sure they will feel it". "It moved me and makes me proud", he added.

However, it wasn't enough as Barcelona's fearsome attack sputtered at the Camp Nou against the defending Italian champions.

Now on their way to a record sixth consecutive Serie A title and a third successive league and Cup double, Juve can also target an unprecedented club treble - last achieved by an Italian club by Inter Milan under Jose Mourinho in 2010.

It has a decisive league game against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday, when it can erase the rival's three-point lead entering the final rounds.

Buffon admits the clean sheet in the second leg against Barcelona came as a surprise - and is the ideal boost the players need going into the crucial final month of the season.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks up during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Barcelona and Juventus at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

True to the Italian tradition of defending an advantage, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had little work to do until late in the game, as Massimiliano Allegri's side expertly absorbed Barcelona's passing attack that ultimately produced few good scoring opportunities.

Neymar had been Barca's hero in a remarkable finish with two goals and an assist in the final minutes against PSG.

Yet, he found it far harder up against friend and former Barca teammate Dani Alves and his frustrations at a perceived lack of protection from referee Bjorn Kuipers spilled over as he was booked just before half-time.

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