Barcelona fans, players, coach stay positive after CL exit

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

Juventus qualified for the Champions League semi-final after beating Barcelona 3-0 after a three-point win in Turin, and a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou yesterday.

The Blaugrana suffered a 3-0 defeat in the first leg of the quarter final tie but retained hopes of turning it around at Camp Nou.

After the final whistle cameras were trained on the aforementioned Brazilian duo as Alves consoled a weeping Neymar. "Juventus provoke fear in everyone else and now our objective is to reach the final", Bonucci told reporters after helping shut out Barca's usually prolific attack for a second game running.

However, Neymar was just as guilty as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in terms of wastefulness. To which Juventus replied: "Thank @FCBarcelona, it's an honor to beat such a great opponent".

If they avoid each other in the semi-final, then Real Madrid could play Atletico in a repeat of last year's final, which Real won How did they get here?

Luis Enrique blamed the team's elimination on the lacklustre performance in the first half of the match in Italy, when Barcelona was outplayed and conceded two goals that left Juventus in control.

Enrique's men travel to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid on Sunday in an El Clasico which looks set to have a huge bearing on who wins the La Liga title this season. Gazzetta dello Sport suggested Juve's virtually "impenetrable defense" should also give 39-year-old club legend Buffon the chance to add a trophy from Europe's premier club competition to his long list of titles and accolades. Now on their way to a record sixth consecutive Serie A title and a third successive league and Cup double, Juve can also target an unprecedented club treble-last achieved by an Italian club by Inter Milan under Jose Mourinho in 2010.

Buffon admits the clean sheet in the second leg against Barcelona came as a surprise - and is the ideal boost the players need going into the crucial final month of the season. "It's nearly unheard of for Barcelona to fail to score over two legs". We always prove our label as favourites.

"But I am convinced we will have a derby in the semi-finals. Instead, we should aim to improve it". 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.

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