Juventus vs. Barcelona - UCL Quarter-final Preview & Tips
Tuesday, April 11, 19:45 PM
Juventus Stadium, Torino
Juventus are set to face Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League last 8 in a rematch of the 2015 final
Juventus will face Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
Juventus will host Barcelona at Juventus Stadium in the UCL 1st leg on Tuesday 11 April before meeting again just over a week later at the Camp Nou on Wednesday 19 April.
Last time, Juventus and Barcelona met in the Final of the UEFA Champions League and Juventus lost 2 years ago, but with the right setup, Juventus can beat Barcelona in this particular encounter.
The UEFA Champions League Final was played 2 years ago but many things have changed since then. Juventus and Barcelona have different teams now. If Juventus want to reach the UCL Final this term they must beat the best teams.
Barcelona had a 3-1 win over Juventus in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, but since then Barcelona's form has weakened and Juventus has improved.
The best way to overcome Barcelona is to continue with the attack-heavy setup that Juventus have been using throughout the dominating display in the Italian Serie A.
Juventus are strong but they need balance. The Italian side plays with 4 strikers and the sacrifice of Mario Mandzukic will be vital to beat Barcelona. Tomás Rincón is also an important player and Allegri will decide when it will be the right moment for him to play.
Barcelona haven't been performing as well as in the previous seasons so Juventus might just be able to edge past them.
The comeback in the UCL last 16 against Paris SG was amazing, but it can’t be forgotten that the only reason it was necessary was that Barcelona had been trashed 4-0 in the UCL last 16 1st leg when its lack of energy and the tendency of the front 3 to become isolated was clear. A change of lineup to 3-4-3 has eliminated the problems at fullback. Barcelona have not resolved the long-term structural problems.
Sergio Busquets will be out for the 1st leg against Juventus.
Juventus are unbeaten at home this competitional season and they are the only team not to concede a goal in the UCL last 16. This is probably the best Juventus team in over a decade.
Before the UCL final in 2015, Juventus and Barcelona had met only twice before in the UEFA Champions League: Barcelona came out on top in 1985-86, while Juventus won in 2002-03.
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