Monday, 11 December, 2017

Luis Enrique: 'Barcelona can score three goals in three minutes'

GonzaloHiguain- cropped Getty Images Higuain warns Juventus over brilliant Barcelona
Howard Terry | 20 April, 2017, 00:30

Barcelona was defeated (0-3) after another poor performance in an away game in the Champions League.

Barcelona are in the same precarious situation again, having lost 3-0 to Juventus in the first leg. Barca is a sizable soccer betting favourite at Sports Interaction to win Wednesday's match on the home pitch, but simply winning won't be enough.

Barca welcomes back midfielder Sergio Busquets from suspension, while Juve is hopeful Dybala will be ready after he came off in the 2-0 weekend win at Pescara with a sprained ankle. The result tied Barca's worst-ever in Europe. "He is 23 and has the world at his feet", he told Premium Sport. He would be the first player to reach that mark with the club. Here's how to watch the match and what to know, along with our live blog.

A contribution from Lionel Messi would be helpful, too. That's the aggregate deficit Barcelona faces following a loss at Juventus on April 11.

Paulo Dybala struck twice in the first half and Giorgio Chiellini added a rare third after the break as Juve claimed a commanding advantage.

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.

Modest Malaga have cracked the code to stopping Barca's much-vaunted attacking triumvirate of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. Messi is the -161 favourite to be an anytime goalscorer on soccer odds.

The good news for Monaco is that Radamel Falcao looks like his old self again. Barca had 14 shot attempts in the first leg but only three on target.

Next week, FC Barcelona plays against Juventus FC for the second leg of the Champions League Quarter-Finals.

Holders Real Madrid and last year's beaten finalists - and city rivals - Atletico are already in the hat for Friday's semi-final draw.

The Catalan giants are now on a 15-game winning streak at home in European competitions.

You would forgive Juventus players for feeling the nerves ahead of their all-important Champions League clash at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night - but Dani Alves looked the most relaxed person in the stadium.

"I would like to congratulate them for the Champions League they have done, because it is something to admire".

Buffon was forced into a smart save to keep out a powerful Messi strike in the 31st minute as Barcelona pressed for the opening goal of the night, although Juventus were always risky when they had the chance to counter-attack.

Enrique resisted the temptation to make any changes at the interval, despite the fact that his team needed to score at least three times in the second period to stand a chance of staying in the competition. Ditto that both teams don't score at +133. JKrankl, J Heredia and R Zuviria got the goals in normal time before Dutch legend Johan Neeskens struck the decisive penalty in a 4-1 shootout win.

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