FC Barcelona will face Juventus in the Champions League again, this time with another interesting subplot: the future of Paulo Dybala.The Argentine star’s affection for Barça is known. If the Catalans came calling, “I would swim to Barcelona,” he once said when he played for Palermo. “It’s only just across the Mediterranean after all.”Despite moving to Turin, the rumors haven’t ceased, and we have a fresh one now from Mundo Deportivo’s Francesc Aguilar.
In his latest column, he writes that Dybala has asked his agent to get concrete offers from Barcelona and Real Madrid before making a decision to renew for Juve.
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That is to say, if a good enough offer came to Dybala from either La Liga giant, he would be off. Otherwise, he would remain in Turin – and spur English suitors.But where would Dybala fit in at Barça? If the board doesn’t move, there’s every possibility Madrid will pounce.This is just one of many subplots in an intriguing Champions League tie.The Champions League quarterfinal tie between Barcelona and Juventus is a marquee one, but one that looks a bit less likely to be a controlled tactical battle than in past years.
Juve’s style has changed a bit with Gonzalo Higuain entering, while some of their key defenders battle the injuries that come with aging. Meanwhile, Barcelona just won an 11-goal back-and-forth battle with Paris Saint-Germain.So if you’re thinking this will be a tie where Barca keeps possession, Juve defends well, and there are only a couple of goals scored, think again. Both of these teams might be a little bit better at winning a shootout than a chess match these days.
Despite some minor stumbles, things are going well for Juventus this season. They dropped points against Sevilla and Lyon in group stage play but still won their Champions League group without much of a problem. They went on to beat FC Porto comfortably as well during the Round of 16. In Serie A, they’re on top of the table, though their eight-point lead is an average one by their standards.It’s fair to say that while they’ve turned in good performances against good teams, the Bianconeri have yet to be truly challenged this season. The likes of Barcelona vs Juventus Live Sevilla, and Porto can catch out the world’s top teams on a good day, but they’re not among the world’s elite. This tie will tell us if Juve are in their league or in the top tier of teams along with Barca, their quarterfinal opponents.
Key player: Leonardo Bonucci
With Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli regularly struggling for fitness, Leo Bonucci’s role has become even more important this season. He’s been the key to Juve’s defense for years, he was the best defender at Euro 2016, and he’s carried that form into this season. If anyone’s capable of frustrating Barca’s front three, it’s him.
It’s anyone’s guess what kind of season Barcelona will have had when it’s all said and done. There’s no question that they have the talent to challenge for this title. They have the talent to challenge for a treble. But can they get results consistently?
If the Blaugrana stumble out of the blocks against Juve, they can’t count on a performance like they had against PSG — they came back from four goals down after the first leg and three goals down after 177 minutes. We may never see anything like that ever again.
That kind of burst is what Barca is capable of when they’re at their best. Unfortunately, they’ve struggled to find that level consistently, and have dropped points in nine of their 27 La Liga games. That’s a perfectly normal number for most eventual league champions, but an abnormally high one for the Blaugrana.
Key player: Neymar
Lionel Messi seems to have settled into a consistently great, but not mind-blowing portion of his career. He’s still the best attacker on earth, but he doesn’t have the same kind of unprecedented bursts of dominance as he did when he was younger. One of his partners, Luis Suarez, is a consistent Barcelona vs Juventus scorer Live The wild card is Neymar, who has gone missing for three or four games at a time, then turned up with legendary performances where he does things that Messi and Suarez would struggle to match on their best day. He’s the key player for that reason: Which Neymar shows up?
This is a difficult tie to pick, given that Barca’s season has been a bit of a roller coaster. If they’re at their best, Juve can’t touch them. If they’re a hair off the pace, Juve can smash them. I’ll say Barcelona by one goal, but I’m hardly confident about it.
Rafinha had to be substituted off in Barcelona’s 4-1 win over Granada, and tests today confirm he had an injury in the meniscus of his right knee. He is likely to miss both legs against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League and the upcoming league Clasico against Real Madrid.
Thankfully though, the injury appears to be relatively slight, meaning it’s not as bad as it could have been.He will be under observation for the next 48 hours to determine the best course of treatment for him. Hopefully he’ll be back in about a month.Still, Barcelona will be without a player who has become a part of the Gala XI recently – during a critical period of the season. Juventus, Sevilla, El Clasico, and more, it’s all on the horizon.
Rafinha’s injury history is troubling, as well. Hopefully this will not be a recurring problem for the Brazilian midfielder.Tactically, we might see Luis Enrique using Sergi Roberto instead of Rafinha in the right wing of the 3-4-3.This injury pileup – Arda Turan is also out – could be something to watch.A team those have footballer like Messi, Neymar & Suarez trio in front line, they can how much aggressive & performance oriented have nothing to indicate. Highest performing club of 2014-15 & 2015-16 season. Won most of the major titles like La Liga, Copa Del Rey & Champions League Barcelona vs Juventus Live Stream Right now, fighting for another race during this 2016-17 football season. Luis Enrique is hopeful to become champion in all competitions.