“What the fans did at the end was a homage to what this team has been, what it is. a team that was going for every title, which has never relaxed and accepted every challenge”, the Barca boss said.
“They allowed space and we were not very good at exploiting that, even though it should be said that tiredness and defensive energy can make you less lucid when you have the chance to attack”. “We have to get ready to compete and I am sure we will do that”.
Lionel Messi twice missed the target with gilt-edged opportunities in either half but in the end, Barcelona left themselves with too much of a mountain to climb after being humbled last week.
Both teams had opportunities in the 15th minute during an end-to-end period of the match, but Rakitic struck one over the Juventus crossbar from a unsafe position, before Cuadrado missed the target down the other end of the field as the visitors continued to threaten an away goal. “In the way we used possession of the ball, especially in the second half”, Allegri told reporters.
Having now avenged their 2015 Champions League final loss to Barcelona, they also lead the Italian league and have lined up an Italian Cup final against Lazio.
“We came here knowing that we are a great team and we played like a great team”, Cuadrado said. “Everyone was extraordinary tonight and when Andrea Barzagli came on it felt like we could’ve played for a whole day and not conceded”.
“That says a lot of how well the club has recruited”. Now there are another two steps to go.
“Overall they were the better team and deserved to go through”, Pique told BeIN Sports Spain.
“We created chances but little by little we realised we had a mountain to climb”. “It wasn’t to be”. “I feel happy to be able to work at a club that always wants to win everything all the time”.
The Bundesliga outfit threw on exciting forward Ousmane Dembele and it was a fantastic run from the 19-year-old that set up Marco Reus to lash in after the break. “We are not in our best moment, but we can win”.
The victory over Barcelona keeps Juventus on course for a treble, as they are eight points clear at the top of Serie A and facing Lazio in the final of the Coppa Italia.
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