Painful night for Barcelona, says Ter Stegen

Paola Ditto
Aprile 21, 2017

Argentina forward Paulo Dybala netted a first-half double as Juventus recorded a massive 3 - 0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday.

"Paulo has improved enormously over the last two years".

The Argentina global scored a brace in the 3-0 win over Barcelona and plays in a freer role behind Gonzalo Higuain.

Juventus, who last time won the European crown in the 1995-96 season, have been trying to ensure that they return to being an elite club in the continent. Moments later, the 23-year-old Dybala scored his second to give Juventus a 2-0 lead. "A coach does everything to help the team and prepare them, but evidently I did not", he said. "It was an important and hard save because it's a question of thousandths of a second".

"If I have the ambition of still being considered a great goalkeeper, I need to do these things".

The Spanish press was more effusive about Buffon, calling the 2006 World Cup victor a "legend" and using the word "divine" to describe his save as they raved about him and Dybala being the orchestrators of Barcelona's downfall.

Another simply said "Immense Joya", playing off Dybala's nickname "La Joya" (jewel) and the word joy.

Luis Enrique yanked off French misfit Jeremy Mathieu and brought on Andre Gomes at half-time, and despite Barca's early promise, the hosts moved further ahead on 55 minutes when Chiellini, famously bitten by Suarez when Italy played Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup, sent an angled header in off the far post from a corner-kick. "He came to Juventus at 22 after one really great season at Palermo".

It could have been worse for Barcelona had Ter Stegen not saved well on two occasions from Gonzalo Higuain, and officials not disallowed a goal from Juan Cuadrado that television replays showed to be good.

"I think it would be better for us to speak among ourselves".

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