April 24, 2017

Champions League semi-finals: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Monaco & Real Madrid await draw

21 April 2017, 01:56 | Pamela Mathis

But if they are kept apart when the last-four draw takes place in Nyon on Friday, he thinks supporters of Diego Simeone's side would be dreading the prospect of progressing to face Real, who beat them in both the 2014 final and last season's showpiece. "Juventus provoke fear in everyone else and now our objective is to reach the final", Bonucci told reporters after helping shut out Barca's usually prolific attack for a second game running.

Luis Enrique said Barcelona's "very poor" performance in Turin was the reason his side exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage after losing 3-0 on aggregate to Juventus.

After the final whistle cameras were trained on the aforementioned Brazilian duo as Alves consoled a weeping Neymar.

Massimiliano Allegri's men moved closer to winning the competition after securing a 0-0 draw against the Spanish giants on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon feels it may be in his side's interest to avoid facing Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.

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We have belief in ourselves, because scoring three goals against Barcelona and keeping a clean sheet at the Nou Camp shows we are a great team.

Barcelona will be without the suspended Neymar against Madrid at the Bernabeu, where it has won two of the last three games against Madrid, including 4-0 last season. Gazzetta dello Sport suggested Juve's virtually "impenetrable defense" should also give 39-year-old club legend Buffon the chance to add a trophy from Europe's premier club competition to his long list of titles and accolades.

Barcelona's failure to breach the Juve defence was not for the want of trying. "We are slowly improving", Allegri told Mediaset Premium.

"We haven't achieved anything yet, this match wasn't a goal but a step towards the final in Cardiff", Allegri said. The Germans have stopped Juve in their tracks twice in recent seasons, at the quarter-final stage in 2013 then again in the last 16 past year.

Barcelona had defeated the Italian champion in the 2015 final to win its fifth European title. Runners-up to Real Madrid past year, the Spaniards have beaten Juve once and held them to a draw on their previous two meetings.

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