Massimiliano Allegri Says Beating Barcelona Is Greatest Result At Juventus

Dybala netted a first-half brace as the Serie A champions comprehensively beat the Catalan giants 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Juventus Stadium. "We are in a growth process, I am happy with what the players are doing and we have made important steps forward in the last few years".

Juve, unbeaten at home in a European tie for four years, went straight on to the attack and Higuain wasted their first chance after three minutes with a poor close-range header from Miralem Pjanic's cross.

He began playing professionally as a 17-year-old at Cordoba club Insituto in the Argentine second tier, the same age at which Messi was already with Barcelona.

Barcelona was also denied a possible penalty, which could have led to a vital away goal, when Giorgio Chiellini handled in the area. We've had very little luck of late, and now I can only hope that from tomorrow we get back on our feet.

Having watched Barcelona recover from a 4-0 defeat at Paris in the previous round, Dybala is not thinking of the semi-finals yet.

"I take responsibility 101 per cent".

The visitors were the more aggressive squad in the opening minutes of the second half, yet Juventus enjoyed more chances. Obviously you're never going to keep superstars like that lot completely quiet but fortunately we had Super Buffon in goal to save the day.

Despite Juventus putting themselves in a superb position ahead of the return leg at Camp Nou, perfectionist Allegri believes his side could still improve.

Barcelona started the second half in much better fashion with Messi rolling an effort inches wide of the upright and Buffon just beating Luis Suarez to an Ivan Rakitic through-ball.

Enrique was especially scathing about his team's performance in the first half, describing it as a "nightmare" and a "shipwreck".

  • Julie Sanders