Dybala's brace gives Juventus edge over Barca in CL quarters
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 8:32
Allegri's men are unbeaten in their last 18 continental home matches and the coach - who recently ended speculation linking him with Arsenal by signalling his intention to stay at Juve - hailed the performance of his side.
After the 4-0 defeat in Paris, Enrique changed to a 3-4-3 system, which initially brought about an improvement, but at Juve, Barcelona looked just as vulnerable. The first half especially was far from ideal.
An early brace from Paulo Dybala and a headed goal from Giorgio Chiellini saw the Bianconeri walk away 3-0 winners on the night, putting them in a great position ahead of the second leg next week. "As coach, for me it's inexplicable how they were so much better than us", he said afterwards.
A massive prospect by most estimates, Paulo Dybala is skilful, hard-working and a brilliant dribbler; he confirmed that his finishing is pretty wonderful, too, with two goals against Barcelona.
"We got things wrong especially in the first half for us, and in the Champions League you get punished as we did with two goals".
"I am very happy because as a child I wanted to live these moments and today I have succeeded in that", he said.
And the Barca manager, who is set to leave the club this summer as he needs a "rest", per Ed Aarons for the Guardian, made it clear that he is to blame. "The feelings as manager are lamentable, and it's hard to explain".
The Spaniard opted to start his team with the same formation against the Italians but it proved to be the reason behind their failure. But I still have the opening half in my head, like a nightmare.
"I take responsibility 101 per cent".
The player known as the Jewel, often tipped to be Messi's natural successor, struck again 15 minutes later, meeting Manduzkic's low cross in his stride to beat Ter Stegen inside the near post with another left-foot effort.