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UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals: Preview

Barcelona travel to Juventus in a blockbuster Champions League quarter-final clash, which will see the 2015 finalists take on each other in in the first leg in Turin.

Pratik Sagar | News18 Sports

Updated:April 11, 2017, 2:08 PM IST
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UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals: Preview
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Barcelona travel to Juventus in a blockbuster Champions League quarter-final clash, which will see the 2015 finalists take on each other in in the first leg in Turin.

Meanwhile, UCL’ surprise team, Monaco FC, will travel to Signal Iduna Park to take on German heavyweights Borussia Dortmund in the other mouthwatering quarter-finals first leg clash.

Barcelona will look to return to winning ways after their shock loss against Granada in the La Liga, which saw fall behind further in the title race.

However, getting favourable result in Turin won't be an easy task for Luis Enrique's men, as the last time Juventus lost a match at home was against Udinese way back in August 2015. Juve are unbeaten in 21 European games at their home ground and have won 32 successive league matches in front of their own fans

But Barca will look to take inspiration from their victory in the second leg against Paris St Germain, where the stocks we heavily stocked against them as well, but they managed to come out victorious and progress into the last eight.

For Juve, it's perfect opportunity to carry on their good form in the tournament and end their trophy drought. While the Old Lady are cruising on towards their six successive league title, the last time Juventus won the continental championship was way back in 1996. And the last time they got close to winning the competition was in 2015, when Barcelona broke Juve’s heart to win their fifth title.

But star-striker Paulo Dybala has warned Barcelona that his side are in their best spell of the season and they won't make the same mistake which PSG committed at Camp Nou.

“We must not be afraid of anything. Respect yes, but not fear. We're in the best moment to face Barcelona. They recovered against PSG, but PSG didn't play that game like they should have. The 6-1 serves as a lesson to us,” Dybala was quoted as saying by ESPN.in.

While Barcelona are known for their attacking prowess, with the much famed MSN (Messi, Suarez and Neymar) leading the line-up, Juventus possess a great forward line-up as well. Barca will have to be wary of former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, who has already scored 27 goals in all competitions for Juve. Higuain along with former Bayern Munich star Mario Mandzukic are capable of hurting any team in the world.

Meanwhile, a big headache got Barcelona will be the suspension of midfield maestro Sergio Busquests, however, expect Ivan Rakitic to slot in the role perfectly for the Catalan giants. To add to Busquests’ suspension, Barcelona will also miss the services of injured trio - Arda Turan, Aleix Vidal and Rafinha for the first leg in Turin.

Juventus, though, have no big injury concerns of their own as apart from winger Marko Pjaca (long-term injury), the Italian giants have a full strength team.

| Edited by: Amit Kumar
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