Barcelona paid for mistakes in first leg, says coach Enrique
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 1:58
Barcelona's hopes of making yet another Champions League comeback fell flat as Juventus held them to a goalless draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
The second-leg stalemate sealed a 3-0 win on aggregate and came six weeks after Barcelona's historic 6-1 thrashing of Paris Saint-Germain, when the home side became the first team to ever overturn a 4-0 loss in the competition.
As well as Luis Suarez and Neymar.
Gonzalo Higuain missed two first-half chances inside the box for the visitors, while Barcelona's Lionel Messi also fluffed two of his own either side of the break as the hosts chased the game.
However, the Juve stalwart has urged his team-mates to keep pushing for glory, telling BT Sport 2: "We're very happy with these small victories but what we really want to do is go all the way".
"At the start of the season we always set targets, that goes for life, too".
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Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique shouts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match FC Barcelona vs Juventus at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 19, 2017.
Juventus join holders Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in Friday's semi-final draw.
"They did everything they had to do without conceding anything to Barcelona", Del Piero told Sky.
"We knew Barcelona were ready to risk everything tonight, but we closed down all the spaces", Juventus centerback Leonardo Bonucci said. "So, sadly, I will remember it for a long time". Allegri's men pressed high to prevent Barca dominating possession and enjoyed the better of the early chances.
Enrique added, "Picking youself up after a defeat like this is hard, but we have the best motivation a Cule can have".
"We created a lot of chances but nothing would go in, if it had, we would have been in the tie".
Barca will have little time to mourn their Champions League exit as they visit arch-rivals Real Madrid on Sunday in a potential title-deciding Clasico.
The champions of Italy are 180 minutes away from the final in Cardiff on 3 June after a superb defensive performance as Barca and their formidable strike force failed to score over two legs.