Barcelona vs Juventus second leg Match Preview
FC Barcelona face a darting task of overturning a 3-0 first-leg defeat in the quarterfinals of the Champions League when they face an in-form Juventus at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Paulo Dybala bagged a brace before Chiellini registered his name on the scoring sheet in Turin to hand the Bianconeri an unexpected three-goal advantage ahead of their trip to Catalonia.
Barca already pulled off one fairytale revival in the round of 16, when they beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the second leg to overturn a first-leg 4-0 defeat, although that may not be as simple a task against the Italian Champions.
FC Barcelona were pretty unlucky in the first-leg as they held more than 65% of the possession and created many chances, unlike the PSG game, but failed to convert their chances. They were lacking ideas in the final-third and the rock solid defence of JUVENTUS was there to deal with whatever chances the Blaugranas produced.
After an unlucky and sloppy display against Juventus, FCB returned to La Liga to make strong amendments. They defeated Real Sociedad by 3-2 but a poor and sloppy defensive show by the Catalans once again raised many eyebrows on FCB’s defence.
Meanwhile Juventus enjoyed a convincing 2-0 win against bottom placed Pescara on Saturday, courtesy of a brace from Higuaín.
Luis Enrique believes Barcelona have nothing to lose as they look to turn around a 3-0 first-leg defeat against Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.
“We have nothing to lose. We only have one option and that is to attack, to attack and to keep attacking,” the Barcelona coach said at a news conference.
“We needed to stay calm against PSG, but also go for it. We need fewer goals, only three, but our objective is to score five goals in case they score as well.
“I advise the fans not to leave in the 80th minute, we saw against PSG what can happen. The comeback against PSG gives reason for optimism.
“We have another chance to make history. We will give everything, right until the 95th minute. We scored three goals in three minutes, so everything is possible. I hope it is going to be a special night for everybody involved.”
Iniesta believes his team must pour the pressure on their Italian opponents if they are to have another memorable European night.
‘In a way there is a similarity there in the need to score goals and also give away few or no chances for the opponent,’ he said.
‘That has to be our mentality and vision for the game. The earlier we can score the goals the better, but we will have to see how the game plays out.
‘We have to stay patient and be prepared to suffer, and above all we have to be ruthless in the chances we get and try not to panic if the goals do not arrive at the start.
Date: April 19th 2017, April 20th in India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Australia.
Time: 18:45 ( G.M.T. ) // 19:45 ( B.S.T. ) // 14:45 ( E.T. ) // 00:15 ( I.S.T. )
Venue: Camp Nou Stadium, Barcelona, Spain
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Although Neymar will return for the clash, Barcelona are likely to be without Javier Mascherano, who did not train on Monday due to a calf injury, as well as 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.
Barcelona (4-3-3): ter Stegen; Alba, Pique, Umtiti, Roberto; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Juventus (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro; Khedira, Marchisio; Cuadrado, Pjanic, Dybala; Higuain