Paulo Dybala & Juventus stars post carefully worded messages after Barcelona win

But on the evidence of last night a second comeback looks unlikely after Juventus dominated proceedings with the help of Dybala's brilliant first-half brace.

Allegri tempered expectations ahead of the second leg - wary of his opponents' ability to overturn a lopsided first-leg result as they did in the round of 16 against Paris Saint-Germain - before sharing where the win stacked up in his time at Juventus.

Buffon, however, was again up to the task, and the stingy Juventus defence held Barcelona at bay for the final quarter of the match. The odds are surely against it. "In front of our people and in our stadium, we have to believe in them".

The stop by the veteran Italian global sparked a counterattack that culminated in Dybala's second goal of the night. "It is very serious and sad, we were impotent in the first half, and it was a very tough game".

"Barcelona put six past Paris Saint-Germain, so we know we have a hard task in the second leg".

"Dybala will be keen to play and perform in such an important competition", he said. "We played an outstanding game and took the chances we had".

The match-up was a repeat of 2015 Champions League final where Barcelona prevailed over Buffon-captained Juventus in Berlin.

The early pressure from the Italian champions was relentless, however, and they made the breakthrough in the seventh minute of action when a cute pass from Juan Cuadrado found Dybala, who fired the ball into the bottom corner with a super finish.

Barcelona will need to score four goals without reply at the Nou Camp thanks, in part, to a superb Dybala display. Unlike PSG, Juventus have already proved to be the top club.

Barcelona paid a high price because one minute later Dybala slammed home his second goal from the edge of the area, catching out Barcelona's German goalkeeper at his near post with a first-time strike to finish a lethal counter-attack.

"We need to be happy with all we have done, but we need to keep our feet on the ground because we still haven't achieved anything", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

The Italian worldwide 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.

  • Julie Sanders