FC Barcelona 0-0 Juventus: Access denied | FC Barcelona
The game began with the frenetic intensity envisaged, but without the early chances, or goal, seen in the comeback against PSG last month. A blazed strike over the bar from each side, first from Gonzalo Higuain and then from Ivan Rakitic were about as close as either came to goal inside the first quarter of an hour.
Champions League video highlights: FC Barcelona v Juventus | FC Barcelona
It was not to be for Luis Enrique's side in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Serie A champions Juventus. The blaugranes gave everything in their attempt to overturn the 3-0 deficit from the first leg in Turin but Massilmiiano Allegri's side showed themselves to be impeccable in defence. Catch all the moments when Barça almost got themselves back into the tie in our highlights video.
Luis Enrique's side, who trailed 3-0 from the first leg, failed to break down Juve's stubborn defence as they crashed out at the quarter-final stage for the second successive season. Can they pick themselves up in time for Sunday's crucial Clasico with Real Madrid? We take a look at some of the issues facing the Catalan giants as they bid to keep their La Liga hopes alive.
Luis Enrique postgame quotes: FC Barcelona 0–0 Juventus | FC Barcelona
"When you don’t have the ball, bringing pressure generates dangerous situations. There was little time to relax, we had several shots towards their goal. We tried. We had a good attitude and the players were ambitious but the ball didn’t want to go in. Tonight, we saw two teams who attack. Juventus also looked for opportunities on the counterattack. It was difficult for our players to control their intensity on attack after recovering balls on defense."
Gerard Piqué acknowledges ‘tough defeat’ against ‘great side’ Juventus | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué was magnanimous in defeat immediately after the final whistle of the 0-0 draw at Camp Nou that saw the blaugranes exit the Champions League at the quarter-final stage. “Juventus are a great side. Overall I think they have been the better team. I wish them the best and they have deserved to go through. We tried to play our way and create chances but little by little the mountain we had to climb got bigger and bigger and it was not to be,” admitted the Barça defender.
The fans were 100% behind the team with the pregame mosaic | FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou fans are, simply, the best. Before Wednesday night's #FCBJuve, the stadium's third Champions League sellout of the season made itself a lot more than heard — it was seen in a way not often witnessed — as 96,260 spectators created a colorful mosaic, and with it a stunning atmosphere for the possible comeback against Juventus.
Sunday's Clasico referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez says his aim is to "minimise mistakes" in the game. Hernandez Hernandez and his assistants took charge of last April's Clasico, which Madrid won 2-1 at the Camp Nou without too much controversy, although they annoyed Barca earlier this season after missing a "ghost goal" during a 1-1 draw at Real Betis.
Ivan Rakitic says Barcelona want to win Sunday's clash with Real Madrid for Neymar, who misses El Clasico through suspension. Barcelona will travel to the Santiago Bernabeu for El Clasico, which is live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7pm on Sunday, without Neymar, who serves the second game of a three-match suspension for sarcastically applauding his red card against Malaga.
Ex-Barcelona captain and current La Liga ambassador Carles Puyol is to attend a screening of Sunday's Clasico for over 1,000 refugees in Greece. La Liga leaders Real Madrid host second-placed Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend in what is world football's most watched domestic club fixture, with the Spanish league authorities claiming a potential TV audience of 650 million people in over 185 countries across the globe.