Juventus title celebrations put on ice after shock defeat to SPAL

by Leon Thompson April 17, 2019, 12:35
Juventus title celebrations put on ice after shock defeat to SPAL

They host Ajax in the second leg of the quarter finals on Tuesday night and even if Barzagli feature in the game, he will still no doubt play a vital part in the dressing room in using his vast experience to help motivate his teammates. They have shown it this season and they won a European Cup here showing it.

Four years have passed since Lionel Messi last reached a Champions League semi-final and his drought has become a source of unease for Barcelona ahead of their latest attempt on Tuesday.

"Obviously we always want to win but it's true this game came in slightly different circumstances", Valverde said.

Solskjaer might also draw upon his own experience of the Camp Nou, in 1999, when he scored a 93rd-minute victor as United came from 1-0 down to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the Champions League final.

Then they would match the previous best of winning the title with five games to spare achieved by Torino in 1947-1948, Fiorentina in 1955-1956 and Roberto Mancini's Inter Milan in 2006-2007. We respect them as a team, and the history they have behind them. "Tomorrow we have to write our own destiny and so do Manchester United".

Ousmane Dembele's chance of a start there would appear enhanced after he played 67 minutes following his recovery from a hamstring injury.

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Barcelona changed their pattern of play to more attacking football in the second half, but they were still unable to score as the match ended 0-0. They're far more pragmatic this season and the way I see the game pan out, is that they soak up pressure and try to catch them on the break with their pacy forwards should the situation arise. The 32-year-old Suarez has 20 goals in 50 career appearances in the Champions League, but only two goals in his last 25.

With the veterans players rested and with Messi looking to exact some justice over the likes of Chris Smalling - he of this MMA-like attempt to play the ball, which resulted in a black eye and bloody nose for the Barca legend, it's evident that the blaugrana are taking the return leg extremely seriously.

On the draw, Vidal said that the players are only thinking about the UEFA Champions League quarters clash with Manchester United at Camp Nou.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was happy with his youngsters for their 0-0 draw with Huesca. He said: "Future? I've thought about it a lot".

Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported that Scott McTominay was rested by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during Manchester United's 2-1 win over West Ham at Old Trafford.

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