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Barcelona v Juventus: Can Barca do a PSG tonight?

Champions League By: Linus Onyeze | 19/04/2017

Paulo Dybala scores one of his two goals in the first leg against Barcelona.


Barcelona welcome Juventus to the Camp Nou for the return leg quarterfinal Champions League clash, with the Italian side having a 3-0 advantage from the first leg.

The Old Lady spanked Barca 3-0 at the Juventus Stadium in Turin last week, and will be hoping to complete the revenge over the Spanish champions, who stopped them from winning the competition in 2015.

However, Barcelona will take inspiration from the turnaround recorded against PSG in the previous round, where they went down 4-0 in the first leg but won 6-1 in the return leg to go through.

Team News

Neymar will return for Barcelona for this game, but Javier Mascherano is unlikely to feature as he did not train on Monday due to a calf injury,

Also unavailable are long-term absentees Aleix Vidal and Rafinha.

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, who scored twice in the first leg, was taken off with an ankle injury as they won 2-0 at Pescara on Saturday, but is expected to be fit to play.

Match Facts

No team has ever overturned a 3-0 first-leg defeat in the Champions League knockout stages in eight previous attempts, although Barcelona managed the biggest ever comeback in the last round by eliminating Paris SG 6-5 on aggregate after a 4-0 first leg defeat.

Juventus’ last trip to the Camp Nou to face Barcelona ended in a 2-1 win, back in April 2003, courtesy of goals from Pavel Nedved and Marcelo Zalayeta. The Turin side later made it to the Champions League final only to lose on penalties to AC Milan.

Barcelona have won their last 15 Champions League games at the Camp Nou (50 goals scored, 7 conceded), all since Luis Enrique took charge. It’s currently the longest run in the competition and two short of the record held by Bayern Munich (16).

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

However, Barcelona have lost three of their last six Champions League games, as many losses as in their previous 26 games under Luis Enrique.

Barcelona have reached the quarter-finals for the 10th consecutive season, the longest run in the history of the Champions League. However, they have been knocked out at that stage in two of the last three seasons.

Meanwhile, Juventus have made it to the quarter-finals for the third time in the last five Champions League seasons. In that period, no other Italian club has reached the Last 8 of the competition.

After failing to reach the last four of the Champions League from 2003/04 to 2013/14, Juventus now have the chance to make the semis for the second time in the last three seasons (after 2014/15).

Manager Quotes

Luis Enrique, Barcelona manager

"This is a little similar to the PSG match but in theory we need to score fewer goals. Instead of four, just three to square things, but I think Juve will have their chances, so our objective is to score five.

We were here just a few weeks ago talking about a comeback, but we're not accustomed to having to overturn a defeat. But if we score the first goal early, with the Camp Nou atmosphere the second and the third could come of their own accord.

Right now we've nothing to lose. There's only one option: attack, attack, attack. Then, when we relax a little, attack some more. To the fans I'd say, don't leave in the 80th minute because you'll miss something for sure. This is another night to make history."

Maximilliano Allegri, Juventus manager

"We have to be clever in how to choose when to attack, when to defend. I guess Barcelona haven't changed much in a week - they are full of potential, something we knew in Turin. We need to be smart. We need to be clear-minded, technical and not think of the scoreline. We will go out to try and win again.

Perhaps we'll adjust the tactics but I'd imagine they'll be very minor changes. Barcelona have three important strikers but I'm confident that my midfield and defence can contain them. Winning wouldn't mean winning the Champions League. It would put us in the semis. This is a step towards being in Cardiff ... and it's a step we must take."
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