Barcelona fans, players, coach stay positive after CL exit

Barcelona fans, players, coach stay positive after CL exit

Barcelona failed to reach the 2016/17 Champions League semis following a goalless draw with Juventus at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night. "Juventus reached the semi-finals for the second time in three years and that's a very important thing".

Once a team that wouldn't normally allow you to touch the ball for the entire 90 minutes whenever they want has become vulnerable and susceptible to becoming outrun and outperformed. There was little else the coach could do, with the exception of perhaps taking Iniesta off for Denis Suarez, but the damage had been done in Turin, and few solutions were likely to work against a Juventus side this solid and with such a great advantage.

Gonzalo Higuain missed two first-half chances inside the box for the visitors, while Barcelona's Lionel Messi also fluffed two of his own either side of the break as the hosts chased the game. We thank them for their support and we battled until the end.

"We knew it would be a very tough game, full of hard moments because Barca are the strongest team in the world".

The three Italian defenders ensured legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had just one save to make all night at the Nou Camp.

He has won seven Serie A crowns with Juventus, the UEFA Cup with Parma and the 2006 World Cup with Italy, but when asked what it would mean for him to lift Europe's top club trophy, he replied: "It's a wonderful challenge for me every year".

Juventus join holders Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in Friday's semi-final draw. Teenager Kylian Mbappe and forward Radamel Falcao struck early to put Monaco on its way.

Dani Alves committed the only slip in Juventus" discipline when he was caught off the pitch at kickoff saying "hello' to his former teammates in Barcelona's dugout.

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Buffon admits the clean sheet in the second leg against Barcelona came as a surprise - and is the ideal boost the players need going into the crucial final month of the season.

"On a psychological level, my team never dropped its guard". "My players were extraordinary tonight".

Weaknesses: They fail to keep out set-pieces and their aerial ability is a big question mark. The first time Messi came close to scoring was in the 66th minute when he was one-on-one against Buffon but the Argentinian made a mess. "We fought until the end". Neymar was then booked for an apparent retaliatory charge into Pjanic, earning him a one-game suspension for accumulation of yellow cards.

Barca dominated possession early-on and almost unlocked a resolute Juventus defence in the 15th minute when Lionel Messi's dissecting ball found Jordi Alba inside the area but the left-back failed to control the ball, leaving the visitors to sweep up at the back.

"Juve is a great team that knows how to defend perfectly". We created enough chances to have done it, but it wasn't to be. The winger completed his hat-trick, and also scored his 100th Champions League goal.

The Old Lady were exceptional as they saw off Barcelona over two legs in the quarter-finals.

In his post-match reaction, Luis Enrique had no choice but to admit that his team should've been more clinical.

If they lose to Real Madrid again on Sunday, it would leave them six points behind their title rivals having played a game more.

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