Friday, 20 July, 2018

Luis Enrique left to bemoan Barcelona's woeful first-half display at Juventus

Luis Enrique left to bemoan Barcelona's woeful first-half display at Juventus Luis Enrique left to bemoan Barcelona's woeful first-half display at Juventus
Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:53

The Serie A leaders held Luis Enrique's side to a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp on Wednesday evening having masterminded a 3-0 victory in the first leg.

"We had 13 or 14 shots, but I think only one was on target, which are the ones that tend to do damage", added Enrique.

In the end, five-time Champions League winners didn't score one goal against Juventus after formerly placing six previous Paris Saint Germain in a thrilling comeback in the round of last 16.

They knew how they wanted to play and got their objective.

"We could have done better on the counter, especially at the start when we gifted possession playing out from the back".

We afforded them a few chances but still defended with good shape and determination for 95 minutes.

Barcelona kept on trying, with Messi again going close and Sergi Roberto shooting just wide as to their enormous credit Barcelona kept on pushing for a miracle which looked increasingly unlikely with every passing minute.

Buffon believes Atleti may be their worst match-up because they are not challenging for their domestic league title like the other two are.

"It's a sad night, but we tried until the last minute and that was recognised by the fans at the end", said Enrique, who will step down at the end of the campaign.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique accepted Juventus were the better team in their Champions League tie and deserved to reach the semi-finals.

His former club, meanwhile, face an uphill battle to win any silverware after their elimination as they trail Real Madrid by three points in La Liga before the weekend's Classico. It will play the Copa final against Alaves in May. Neither of the two in the time highly-rated players went on to be given a prominent part in the team and both of these seem place to leave this summer without making their footprint at Camp Nou.

"We showed strength and unity, we have faith in ourselves, because scoring three goals against Barcelona and keeping our nets clean shows that we have a great team".

Juventus's outstanding display to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League will have the rest of Europe running scared of the Old Lady, defender Leonardo Bonucci said on Wednesday.