Enrique plots another unfathomable comeback
- Author: Elsie Buchanan Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 0:32
Barcelona striker Neymar is confident the Catalans can launch another remarkable Champions League comeback as they look to overturn a 3-0 quarter-final deficit against Juventus today. The Serie A giants won 3-0 in the reverse fixtures last week and Barcelona will need another great come-back to make it through the semi-finals.
Busquets' presence was badly missed in Turin and he returned from suspension in place of Javier Mascherano, whilst Jordi Alba replaced Jeremy Mathieu in Barca's only other change from the first leg.
Lippi took Juve to four Champions League finals across two hugely successful spells at the club, although their triumph against Ajax in 1996 was the only time they lifted the trophy.
Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday ahead of the return, Alves said his side should expect a long night in the Nou Camp and only rated Juventus's chances of progressing at 60 percent, despite their big lead.
"The team played in Turin without any confidence, and that made us soft". And we can do it.
Nicholas Carroll previews the second leg for FIFtv. "We knew Leicester were not going to give up".
"If everything goes well, another comeback will happen, I believe in the team and in our potential". We will go out to try and win again.
"Juventus are a great team, very well structured, so it will be hard to have to turn the tie".
The match kicks off at 7.45pm BST on Wednesday 19 April. Before he stepped onto the pitch for Juve's training session, Alves knelt down and kissed the Camp Nou turf.
They can't, can they?
Barca significantly underperformed at the Juventus Stadium, and while they might win tonight, Luis Enrique's guys will probably still be eliminated.
"We will do everything possible and we need everyone together until the 95th minute". Live Streaming: Watch BT Sport.
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The scars left by three bombs that scorched the side of the bus and fired metal shards inside before the quarter-final against Monaco have gone much further than Bartra's fractured wrist. It's now the longest run in the competition and two short of the record held by Bayern Munich (16).
Nor are the conditions the same: last time Barcelona had three weeks to prepare, this time they have seven days.
Barcelona march into their Champions League quarterfinal second-leg tie against Juventus with their back against the ropes, but captain Andres Iniesta has issued a rallying cry to his colleagues to dare to believe. When he was told that Juventus thought they could get two, he replied: "I've got my planning all wrong then".
Juventus have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 9 matches (UEFA Champions League).
Enrique has also opted to use a 3-4-3 system since the turn of the year and while that did not exactly work out against the Italians last week, all signs point to the manager sticking with that system for the return leg.
"The key will be to clinical in front of goal, create chances to dent our rivals' confidence... calm the emotions of our players and attack, attack and keep attacking", he said.