Juventus star Khedira to miss first leg of Champions League semi-final

Thursday, 20 Apr, 2017

Juventus have a daunting task at hand when they face Barcelona at the Camp Nou at the Quarter final of the UEFA Champions League, although they have a three goal advantage.

The centre-back pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci kept the triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Neymar Jnr and Luis Suarez at bay to secure a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp and a 3-0 aggregate quarter-final Champions League win. They lost 4-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital before completing a recordbreaking 6-1comeback at the Nou Camp.

"Bearing in mind that the opponent will have chances and can score a goal, we'll need five", Enrique said during a press conference on Tuesday. "We need a ideal match". Barcelona managed to achieve the impossible against PSG, merely a month ago and would like to repeat that historic performance.

Barcelona have scored at least three goals in seven of their last eight Champions League games at the Camp Nou.

"We did very well defensively, less so in attack where we failed to make the most of very promising counter-attacks".

"We need our fans to remain at the stadium at all times during the game". One goal from Juventus would mean Barca would have to score five goals, but don't be surprised to see Juve go all out in defense and try and hold on to advance.

Max Allegri's Juve dominated 3-0 when they met in Turin with Paulo Dybala scoring two stunning goals.

Despite that comeback, you'd still expect Juventus to fend off any Barca charge tonight with their solid defence, one that conceded just twice in the group stages.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique accepted Juventus were the better team in their Champions League tie and deserved to reach the semi-finals. I recall that Barca will have to recoup after the defeat of 0-3 in the first game, but I think the fairy tale that happened with PSG is unlikely to happen again.

"Barcelona showed against PSG that they're capable of producing miracles, so we have to be on our toes", he said, advising his teammates.

The younger man won the battle in the first leg last week with a quickfire first-half double as Juventus claimed a commanding 3-0 lead.

"When I defend the colours of my team, I give everything 100 per cent".

"We probably need to play our best match of the season", Iniesta said. "Right now, 60 per cent for us, but we have great respect for Barcelona".