Painful night for Barcelona, says Ter Stegen

"First we have to think about the league", said Ter Stegen.

The Italian global kept a clean sheet as Massimiliano Allegri's side claimed a 3-0 victory over the Catalans to leave them firmly in the driving seat going into next week's second leg at the Nou Camp.

Subsequently, Giorgio Chiellini struck the third goal just ten minutes after the half-time to provide Juventus with a ideal finish.

The damaging defeat leaves Barca needing another miraculous comeback, like they produced against Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round, if they are to reach the last four.

Barcelona rival, Real Madrid, is set to play against Bayern Munich Wednesday at the Allianz Arena stadium, in Munich. But it's just the first step. Paulo demonstrated his qualities, but I can say that the team played a great. "In Barcelona we will get intention to score goals".

"I 'm a dreamer, but also down-to-earth as well as a realist", Allegri included.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri did not go into raptures about Dybala, noting that to do so would be "disrespectful to his team-mates, who all had a fantastic game".

"This year, there has already been a great comeback by Barcelona. It is right to be happy with what we have done, but also to keep our feet on the ground and a sense of balance, as we have achieved nothing yet".

Star-man Dybala felt the team had been "perfect" against the 2015 Champions League winners, but echoed his manager that the job was only half done.

We can't deny it's not a fashionable look, however - and let's be honest, it's not exactly hampering his performances, is it? That's something we need to work on and improve for the second leg. Very happy because as a child I wanted to live these moments and today I managed it.

"But we will give everything".

One uncanny coincidence is that both players were sent off on their Argentine debuts - Messi in a friendly against Hungary in 2005 and Dybala in a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay last September.

The Spanish press was more effusive about Buffon, calling the 2006 World Cup victor a "legend" and using the word "divine" to describe his save as they raved about him and Dybala being the orchestrators of Barcelona's downfall. "He could well be up there among the top five players in the world", the veteran captain said.

Of his own performance, Buffon added: "I'm here to make saves".

"I think it would be better for us to speak among ourselves".

  • Julie Sanders