Barcelona v Juventus - Is 'the Comeback pt II' on?
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 19:05
"We have more belief now", said the defender.
The match ended Barca's 15-game home winning streak in the competition and ensured Luis Enrique's men fell one match short of equalling Bayern Munich's record.
The Brazilian's teammate Dani Alves, who was transferred to Juventus last summer, was seen consoling Neymar by telling him that this is just the way football is and he must keep his emotions aside in situations like these. We have to create the maximum number of chances and score goals.
Barcelona pressed to trim the deficit in the first half, giving Juventus chances to counter, first as Gonzlo Higuain blasted over the bar, before Juan Cuadrado's overhead flick was also too high.
The semi-final draw will be made on Friday and Buffon believes that Monaco and Real Madrid's involvement in their domestic title races could give Juventus an advantage in Europe.
From leading the Spanish league by one point before beating PSG, Barcelona has dropped to second, three points behind, and hasn't been playing well.
The 29-year-old centre back stressed Juventus' growing confidence after the Bianconeri kept out Barcelona to reach the Champions League semi-finals.
'I think it's not about who we do not want to face, but the fact all three of the other teams will not want to face us.
Messi is banned for three of Argentina's four remaining games of a floundering World Cup qualifying campaign. They'll need every bit of that grit and guile against a Juventus team that is much more experienced and prepared to defend a large lead against B Barcelona's attack.
Meanwhile, Monaco have shook the continent with their blistering performances in the Champions League this season, and will be confident of upsetting the odds having already overcome Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.
The Italian visitors held firm at Camp Nou midweek, neutralising Barca trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. "It's a step forward, a deserved qualification against a top-level opponent".
"Everyone was extraordinary tonight and when Andrea Barzagli came on [for Paulo Dybala in the 75th minute] it felt like we could have played for a whole day and not conceded".
This was the first of two games in five days that will define Barcelona's season.
The two-time European champions are set to complete an excellent campaign.