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Barcelona will be chasing another Champions League miracle when they host Juventus in the second leg of the quarter-final at the Nou Camp.

Luis Enrique’s side have given themselves a huge mountain to climb after losing 3-0 in Turin last week. Paulo Dybala struck twice and Giorgio Chiellini added a third for Juve.

Barcelona became the first team to overturn a four-goal deficit when they romped to a 6-1 win over PSG. They will need to produce something special again at their home ground.

However, the visitors this time round are a completely different proposition; with Juve’s abundance of experience and superior backline making them far more equipped at defending a lead. Their defence has only conceded once on the road in this season’s competition and just twice in total.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side do not need to dominate games in the middle of the park to win them; as illustrated in the first leg when Barca had 68 per cent of the ball.

Barca also had more time to regroup after the PSG loss but have had just a week this time around; muddling to a 3-2 home win over Real Sociedad in between the two legs.

“We will try right until the end,” said Luis Enrique. “Those who experienced the night against PSG at Camp Nou will have another chance to enjoy a historic evening. We need to intimidate a team like Juventus to the maximum. If we score the first goal, Camp Nou will get the second and the third will come by itself.”

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Barcelona’s main injury concern is Javier Mascherano, who has a calf injury and did not train with the squad.

On Tuesday, Mascherano, Arda Turan and Jeremy Mathieu trained normally. While Rafinha and Aleix Vidal were the only absentees.

Key defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets is available after missing the first leg. Neymar missed their weekend win over Real Sociedad through suspension and should return to the starting XI.


Paulo Dybala limped off during the 2-0 win at Pescara but the diminutive Argentine will be available for this second leg.

Miralem Pjanic also came off injured at Pescara, but is another that is expected to play from the start.

Probable Lineups:

Barcelona – Ter Stegen (GK); Umtiti; Pique; Mascherano; Alba; Busquets; Rakitic; Iniesta; Neymar; Suarez; Messi.

Juventus – Buffon (GK); Alves; Chiellini; Bonucci; Sandro; Khedira; Pjanic; Cuadrado; Mandzukic; Dybala; Higuain.

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