Barcelona is a team that fans and football Pundits do not write off. They are very bankable and reliable. However, in their last two matches, they have underperformed. They were beaten 2-nil by Malaga at the weekend and in the Champions League on Tuesday, they were thrashed by Juventus 3-nil. Quite unusual.
They conceded their first goal as early as the 7th minute through a stunning strike by Paul Dybala. He followed this up with another goal in the 22nd. Chiellini completed the defeat with a 55th minute header.
This loss leaves Barcelona on the brink of being knocked out of the UCL.
Notwithstanding, the chances of Barcelona qualifying is still very high as we cannot forget their seemingly impossible comeback from a 4-nil deficit to beat PSG in the second leg 6 goals to 1 and qualify on a 6-5 score aggregate.
The question on the minds of many now is whether thunder will strike twice for Barcelona to beat Juventus and overturn the 3-nil loss. They have the match against PSG to inspire them as well as over 90,000 fans cheering and urging them to victory.
In addition, they have the trio of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. These players can destroy any team on their day. Obviously, Barcelona can dream!
However, this will be a monumental task for Barcelona because unlike PSG, Juventus is very solid defensively. Massimiliano Allegri’s side has the second best defence of any side in Europe’s top-five leagues and having gone 441 Champions League minutes without conceding. They also have the players to score goals and hurt Luis Enrique’s side. So, the miracle Barcelona is expecting may just be thwarted.
Anyway, we have to wait for the second leg on Wednesday, April 19, to know if Barcelona will bounce back and qualify.