Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri praises defence after knocking out Barcelona


The first leg of the semis will take place on May 2 and 3, while the return leg will be played a week later on May 9 and 10.

What's more, the Spanish side was riding a 15-game home winning streak in the Champions League.

The shutout meant Juve advanced to the last four of the competition for the 12th time courtesy of a 3-0 aggregate victory.

Juventus, though, is not PSG.

- Juve last won the Champions League in 1996. "We tried to do everything", added the coach, who will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge.

"They would rotate less, compared to Atletico, who have a more defined position and can manage themselves".

NEYMAR has been enjoying arguably his best season as a Barcelona player in 2016-17.

Real are three points ahead of Barca with a game in hand.

Following their performances against Barcelona in the UCL, the FC crew explain why Juventus are now the favourites to win it all. The Italian goalkeeper's save kept Barca off the scoresheet and their frustrations grew as the game carried on.

Barcelona lost by 3-0 aggregate to Juventus in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Barca are in the final of the Copa del Rey but Enrique knows that even if his side beat Alaves on 27 May, it will be scant consolation if they fail to win La Liga following another disappointing European campaign.

Both footballers' powers have begun to fade in recent times, meaning they have had to adapt their roles on the pitch, as they no longer quite resemble the all-action, energetic prodigies of old. He also didn't let the protesting Camp Nou fans sway him in his decision making every time a Barcelona player was tackled and dropped to the ground. It's only right and proper to herald them when do a good job, and on this night, Kuipers was spot on.

They were as courageous and aggressive as they were calm and disciplined with Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini monumental at the heart of the defence.

Juventus has given a masterclass in defending to deny Barcelona the chance of another sensational comeback.

'When you face a side like this, with their attacking options, you think that one or two goals are always going to be scored.

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