It happened again for the second time in a row – Barça failed their first game in a knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League just like they did in February when faced Paris Saint Germain in France. Everyone remembers what happened next – there was a sensational comeback in Spain. Will the second leg of Barcelona vs Juventus quarter-final bring yet another Hollywood-ish happy ending for MSN and the rest of the team? Only time and Paulo Dybala can tell.
Because of the bomb accident at Dortmund there was just one Champions League Tuesday fixture – and it became a nightmare for the Blaugrana fans. Three goals conceded. None scored. Any other team would have probably given up – but it’s sure not an option for those who came back after 0:4 in Paris. It’s Messi, Neymar and Suárez against Buffon, Chiellini and Bonucci – and it’s going to be a hell of a fight at Camp Nou on the 19th of April.
Yesterday in Turin the away team had better ball possession, passing accuracy and more shots on goal – but left the field goalless despite Iniesta’s fine strike that’s been brilliantly saved by Gianluigi Buffon. Provided Barcelona FC wants to go further and eventually make it to The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff they should do their magic trick once more – and no one can tell if La Vecchia Signora is in the mood to allow it. It’s now Spain versus Italy and it’s yet another quarter-final that deserves to be a final match of the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League. Juve or Barça? We’ll see it in a week.