Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Champions League: Juventus Thrashed Barcelona As Paulo Dybala Shines

Massimiliano Allegri said Juventus' 3-0 victory over Barcelona in the initial leg of the Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday is his best result in 36 months in the team.

"It was a hard first half, very similar to the one in Paris and the second was much better", Luis Enrique told Mediaset.

Dybala has also been touted as a possible transfer target for Barcelona, with club great Xavi describing him as a ideal fit for the Spanish champions.

Buffon, however, was again up to the task, and the stingy Juventus defence held Barcelona at bay for the final quarter of the match.

However, they face a different proposition entirely against Juventus who have conceded just two goals in the competition so far and none in their last 441 minutes.

As was the case against PSG, Barca had conceded three goals with less than an hour played, and their nearly comical lack of cohesion was underlined by a woefully inept attempt to play Gonzalo Higuain offside in the second half.

Andres Iniesta admitted Barcelona were not good enough in the 3-0 defeat against Juventus, but said he is not as "pessimistic" as he was after the 4-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain.

"We basically gifted two goals to Juventus in the opening half".

"We know that we have the best goalkeeper in the world so to have him behind us is important to us", Pjanic told BT Sport. Juventus was superior to us in every way and I'm responsible 101 percent. I'm delighted with the whole lot of them because they really were superb.

"I don't have any energy to think about it now, but tomorrow will be the moment to pick ourselves up again and thing about getting three goals to level the tie and four to win it". We deserved to score one goal but that doesn't help now.

Barcelona thought it had pulled a goal back on the half hour, but Messi's strike was ruled out as Luis Suarez had strayed offside.

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