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Bittersweet feeling for Dani Alves after Juve eliminate Barca

20 April 2017, 06:59 | Charlene Valdez

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When Barcelona routed PSG 6-1 to reverse a 4-0 first-leg deficit in the last 16, its confidence was high from winning four games in a row and outscoring opponents 15-3 before that second leg.

The reigning Champions League Champions, Barcelona, are not used to this situation, but they have continued to prove that playing away and playing at home are two very different stories, but how many more of these must-win matches can they survive and is their time finally up?

"That said, we have the potential and the players to turn around this elimination, or at least to try".

"We had 13 or 14 shots, but I think only one was on target, which are the ones that tend to do damage", added Enrique.

"We created several chances but we had such a hard task". 3-0 will take it to extra-time, 4-0 would be ideal, but just one Juve goal would leave Barca needing five. "We have to get ready and compete and I am sure we will do that". In that period, no other Italian club has reached the Last 8 of the competition.

Messi has played 575 games since making his debut for Barcelona in 2004.

"These guys are like sharks", Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini said of Messi and Co.


He believes the fact Atleti are not pushing for the La Liga title will allow Simeone to rest his kep players to ensure they are peak condition for Champions League matches.

Andres Iniesta said on Tuesday that Barca would have to produce the flawless game, perhaps their best performance of the season.

The Brazilian's teammate Dani Alves, who was transferred to Juventus last summer, was seen consoling Neymar by telling him that this is just the way football is and he must keep his emotions aside in situations like these.

1 - Barcelona have failed to win a #UCL game at the Camp Nou for the first time with Luis Enrique as manager.

Their skipper Marco Reus pulled a goal back early in the second half but Valere Germain came off the bench to put the seal on a famous win for a brilliant young Monaco side, who go through to the last four for the first time since 2004.

What's at stake: A spot in the UCL semifinals, with Juventus in full control after a convincing 3-0 win in the first leg led by a double from Paulo Dybala.

Javier Mascherano (calf), Arda Turan (groin) and Jeremy Mathieu (ankle) are all fit to return while Sergio Busquets is available after missing the first leg through suspension.



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