Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

UEFA CL: Barça warn Juve against defensive game tonight

UEFA CL: Barça warn Juve against defensive game tonight

Juventus have a daunting task at hand when they face Barcelona at the Camp Nou at the Quarter final of the UEFA Champions League, although they have a three goal advantage.

As just about every fan will remember, Barcelona mounted a huge comeback against Paris Saint-Germain under incredibly dire circumstances in the round of 16 just a month ago.

Barcelona striker Neymar is confident the Catalans can launch another remarkable Champions League comeback as they look to overturn a 3-0 quarter-final deficit against Juventus on Wednesday. "We have the potential and the players to turn it around", he said at his pre-match press conference.

Barca were completely outplayed in the first leg as the Italian champions sailed to a comfortable 3-0 victory in Turin. Right until the 95th minute, we have to be united.

"Our goal is to score five goals".

As for Juventus, head coach Massimiliano Allegri kept faith with the same XI that started the first leg in Turin, which meant that Mario Mandzukic and Juan Cuadrado again operated in the wide positions in support of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain.

Saturday night's win at home against Real Sociedad in La Liga gave a flawless example of Barcelona's recent problems: although Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were able to torment their rivals in attack, there were moments when Barcelona's midfield went missing in action allowing the Real Sociedad players to expose a shaky defence.

Dortmund went on to lose 3-2 to the French league leaders but morale was lifted as they got back to winning ways in the Bundesliga at the weekend, beating Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1. Barcelona welcome Juventus to the Camp Nou later today for the second leg match and after their heroics in the previous round against PSG, the Blaugrana can not be ruled out just yet.

"Those who experienced the night against PSG at Camp Nou will have another chance to enjoy an historic evening".

Barca captain Andres Iniesta was more cautious in his optimism, recognising the first leg in Turin had been "a awful result".

But according to Gazetta dello Sport, it was very much a false alarm, and Juve expect him to recover in time for Wednesday night's game at the Camp Nou.

"It is true that we could have secured the game on the counter-attack and we didn't". I'd like all my players at their best [but] even at 25% Messi would give us a lot.

How hard can it be to score four goals against Juventus without conceding?

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