BONUCHI: All fear Juventus now after the exclusion of Barcelona

Hazel Gray
May 3, 2017

"I did not want to measure myself just on this, we have experienced these moments together and now we experience them apart so it is hard". The club have supported him throughout and he has shaped this team, making them winners.

"This side deserves praise for how we approaches every game, whether we're playing Barcelona or Pescara", added the Italy defender, whose side have conceded two goals in 10 games in the Champions League this campaign.

Juventus, who won the Champions League final two years ago when they beat him 3-0 last week in Turin, and then drew a draw in the Nou Camp to reach the semi-finals for the 12th time in their history.

He felt that his team, who are unbeaten in the competition and have conceded only twice, could have played all night without letting in a goal and that "only a great Juventus could have qualified against Barcelona".

Barcelona pressed to trim the deficit in the first half, giving Juventus chances to counter, first as Gonzlo Higuain blasted over the bar, before Juan Cuadrado's overhead flick was also too high.

Juventus saw off Barcelona to record a 3-0 aggregate victory in their second leg UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie at the Camp Nou.

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Lionel Messi was the most wasteful for the hosts, blazing over the crossbar after earlier being denied by veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Barca defender Gerard Pique recognised that Juventus had deserved to go through over the two legs. "Little-by-little we started to create chances, but they built a mountain".

"We leave this game feeling sad but we can't blame anyone. I feel happy to be able to work at a club that always wants to win everything all the time".

Bonucci said after the game: "Getting Messi's shirt at the end of the game?"

"We're delighted", said La Joya post-match. His side travel to face eternal rivals Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday realistically needing to win to maintain their hopes of a third straight La Liga title. They've got the full package for me.

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