Tuesday UCL Preview: Juventus look to overcome tough Barcelona test, Dortmund host Monaco

After completing a stunning comeback against PSG, Barcelona look to put one foot in the Champions League semi-finals when they face a tough trip to Italian champions Juventus.

Luis Enrique’s side suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat in Paris in the last 16, but a 95th minute winner from Sergi Roberto saw the Spanish giants win 6-1 at the Nou Camp to sensationally pull off the biggest comeback in Champions League history.

Barcelona came from 4-0 down to sensationally beat PSG 6-1 at the Nou Camp
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It was all to easy for Juventus in their last 16 tie as they cruised into a third quarter-final in seven seasons with a 3-0 aggregate victory over Porto, but will face a much tougher test against Barcelona in order to remain on course for a first Champions League trophy since 1996.

The Serie A leaders also lost to Barcelona in the Champions League final in 2015 and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri knows his side are in for a very tough match against one of Europe’s best sides.

“Against a team like Barcelona, it won’t be easy,” said the 49-year-old.

“Barcelona’s comeback in the last round proves that you cannot take anything for granted in football, especially against a team like them. We have made several steps forward, mostly in terms of mentality.

“To go through, we will have to produce two great performances and have a bit of luck. You cannot imagine two 0-0’s against Barcelona and winning on penalties.”

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique expects a very tough game as Juventus could be out for revenge for that final defeat two seasons ago, but he wants to side to potentially put this tie to bed in Turin.

“We will try to win as we always do,” said the Spaniard.

“There are a few different players compared with the Berlin final. Juventus are still a great team but I can’t say they are better or worse than two years ago. I have great memories of that final, but this game is completely different.

“I don’t need to motivate the players for a quarter-final against a team like Juventus. I have watched lots of Juventus matches and they are always trying to impose their own game in every part of the pitch.”

Juventus cruised past Porto to reach the quarter-finals
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Team News

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic could return to the starting line-up for the visit of Barcelona, as the Croatian international looks to overcome a knee injury sustained on international duty in March.

Winger Marko Pjaca is definitely out of contention with a knee injury, while right-back Dani Alves is set to face his former side for the first time since moving to the Italian side last summer.

Barcelona are without defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets for the first leg of their quarter-final tie, after the Spaniard picked up two yellow cards in their thrilling 6-5 aggregate victory over PSG in the last round.

Fellow midfielders Rafinha (knee) and Arda Turan (groin) are also ruled out through injury, while defender Aleix Vidal is also missing for the trip to Turin due to a knee injury.

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