Pique claims Barca have nothing to lose ahead of Juve clash
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 23:27
Last week saw a stunning turn of events, as Juventus not only beat Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie, they absolutely dominated them to take a 3-0 aggregate lead into the second leg at the Camp Nou.
Neymar claims Barcelona "will" stage another comeback against Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals, providing "everything goes well".
In the last 16, it became the first team ever to overturn a 4-0 deficit when it beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the return at the Camp Nou, so fans are hoping for a similar "remuntada" [comeback] this time.
Enrique insisted Barca can't lose belief even if the goals don't come early against an experienced and resolute Juventus defence that has conceded just two in nine Champions League games this season.
"They need to watch out for us too though", he told Juventus TV.
It is not just the quality of Barcelona's rival which doesn't invite optimism, the Catalan side's recent performances also make it hard to think they score at least three goals without Juventus scoring at least one goal themselves - and an away goal would leave the hosts needing to net five on Wednesday night. The ex-Chile coach drew on his Bielsista heritage to build a winning team around three key players: the irrepressible Arturo Vidal working box-to-box, the mercurial playmaker Jorge Valdivia pulling the strings in a stationary trequartista role and Alexis Sanchez roaming the final third from out wide. We're at 60 per cent, but we have great respect for Barcelona.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Barcelona has already pulled off a seemingly impossible comeback to stay alive in the Champions League.
"We must take charge of the game", Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta said. "We only have one option which is to attack, attack, and attack again". "To do that, we're going to have to defend, attack and score".
"Tomorrow is a Quarter-Final return leg where we lost 3-0".
However, Lionel Messi quickly cancelled out the Italians advantage with two sensational first-half strikes before David Villa and Jordi Alba completed the comeback.
And fellow Argentinian forward Paulo Dybala will be fit for the match, despite some injury doubts after knocking his ankle in a Series A match against Pescara on Sunday. I feel really good on the pitch, I'm at a club that has nothing to be envious of Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich about.
"The important thing is that we are in the game for 95 minutes and play a strong game technically".