Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Dani Alves explains what he told Neymar after Barcelona Champions League exit

Dani Alves explains what he told Neymar after Barcelona Champions League exit

We have our final four! We have belief in ourselves, because scoring three goals against Barcelona and keeping a clean sheet at the Nou Camp shows we are a great team. Atletico would love to face Monaco, considered the weakest team among the four, but one never knows what the French team have up their sleeve, especially after their brilliant run this competition.

True to the Italian tradition of defending an advantage, The Juventus defense gave goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon little work to do until late in the game.

And when Messi did get free inside the area, Barcelona's all-time leading scorer squandered both his chances to spark a fightback. "Tonight they all had a great match, we could have played for an entire day without conceding".

"Our participation in this tournament this season has been unforgettable but we had a very poor first half in Turin and that has cost us dear".

That's now England's Premier League and Pogba returned to Manchester, but his departure hasn't stopped Juventus remaining all powerful, and they look capable of winning Europe's top club honour without him.

Juventus join holders Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in Fridays semifinal draw.

Barcelona came from a 4-0 away loss to PSG, to win 6-1 at home and progress to the quarterfinals, but the attacking triumvirate was neutralised by Juventus defenders. But Monaco is set to surprise with their fierce pace and teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe.

Dani Alves committed the only slip in Juventus" discipline when he was caught off the pitch at kickoff saying "hello' to his former teammates in Barcelona's dugout. "It's nearly unheard of for Barcelona to fail to score over two legs. They kept their cool". In the space of a few minutes, Suarez had a goal-bound shot blocked, Messi dragged a chance from 12 yards and Neymar volleyed wide.

Lionel Messi twice missed the target with gilt-edged opportunities in either half but in the end, Barcelona left themselves with too much of a mountain to climb after being humbled last week.

"Now it's all about the mentality, as we must keep our feet on the ground without letting ourselves get swept up by excessive enthusiasm". Neymar was then booked for an apparent retaliatory charge into Pjanic, earning him a one-game suspension for accumulation of yellow cards.

FW Lionel Messi, 7 - If Barca were to stand a chance of going through, Messi needed to have a ideal night. Nonetheless, we still created several chances and it was hard to approach it any other way in the circumstances. Neymar had a petulant display and Luis Suarez's presence was barely felt. The winger completed his hat-trick, and also scored his 100th Champions League goal. Runners-up to Real Madrid a year ago, the Spaniards have beaten Juve once and held them to a draw on their previous two meetings.

Barca have won the last two titles but trail Real by three points in the standings having played one game more.

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