Luis Enrique slams Barca after 'nightmare' Juve defeat

Dybala, who was given a standing ovation when he was substituted nine minutes from time, broke the deadlock in the seventh minute and doubled his tally in the 22nd.

The Argentine himself was on target 15 minutes later when he found the bottom corner with a wonderful finish thanks to a smart cutback from Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic.

Describing the result as a "nightmare", Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said: "We put in a really bad first half. If we do what we have to do we can turn this tie around, but if we don't then it's going to be impossible". In one and half years, nearly two, we are talking of a player of worldwide level.

Barcelona began to press but the Juventus defence held out and Messi's last chance saw him hit a free-kick into the wall.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is set to make major changes to his starting line-up for the Serie A match at Pescara on Saturday after the Italian champions' famous victory over Barcelona.

It will be hard against such an experienced defense with Juve's BBC of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Chiellini more than capable of handling Barcelona's MSN of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

"We would pay to play that final in Berlin again with this conviction", said Chiellini, who missed that match because of injury. Plus, Cuadrado, Dybala, and Higuain will look for any opportunity to counter attack and crush the hopes of Barcelona's fans to win the Champions League.

"I am very happy because as a child I wanted to live these moments and today I have succeeded in that", he said. It's now Spain versus Italy and it's yet another quarter-final that deserves to be a final match of the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League.

Barcelona suffered a shock 3-0 loss in the second Champions League round in a row as Paulo Dybala's early brace was topped off by Giorgio Chiellini's headed goal in the second half.

As two months ago in Paris, Barcelona were defensively weak the whole game.

  • Julie Sanders