Massimiliano Allegri Says Beating Barcelona Is Greatest Result At Juventus

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was less forgiving on Barca and suggested five or six members of Luis Enrique's squad are not good enough.

"The second half was much better, but I can't get the first half out of my head".

Juventus were purring though and the Italians scored their third in the 55th minute when Chiellini rose above Javier Mascherano inside the Barcelona box to head a corner from Pjanic into the bottom corner via the post. We had better positioning in the second half, but the rival also let us have the ball.

And the Barca manager, who is set to leave the club this summer as he needs a "rest", per Ed Aarons for the Guardian, made it clear that he is to blame.

At the Juventus Stadium, the hosts were in control from the start, with Gonzalo Higuain testing Marc-Andre ter Stegen before Dybala's opening goal in the seventh minute.

"We basically gifted two goals to Juventus in the opening half. It's a defeat for the whole team, starting with the coach".

"It was a completely different match to the PSG one", Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez said. "We've got another game at the weekend and then we'll think about the return in Barcelona on Monday".

"I want to send a message of support to him and his family".

The job of Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri between now and next week is to ensure that his squad appreciate that the job is only half done.

"We must be aware that it was a great performance, we played well technically both in attack and defence".

Can they pull off a similarly stirring comeback in the quarter-final second leg in Barcelona next Wednesday? Juventus was superior to us in every way and I'm responsible 101 percent. Dybala has now scored eight goals in his last games at home and has been heavily linked with a transfer to opponent Barcelona during the summer transfer window.



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