Juventus are better than Barcelona and will not collapse in the same way as Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou, according to their former head coach Marcello Lippi.
The Serie A leaders dispatched Barcelona in ruthless fashion in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie Turin, with Paulo Dybala scoring twice in a 3-0 win.
Barcelona suffered a 4-0 loss to PSG in the away leg of their round of 16 tie before recording a record-breaking 6-1 triumph in the second leg to progress to the last eight in what is termed a ‘miracle night’ at Camp Nou.
Lippi, however, told La Stampa. “Juve are unlikely to allow such a comeback to take place.”
“Barca’s arsenal is unique but it’s only in the attacking sense,”
“Juventus are the better team and if they can disconnect the front three as they managed to in the first leg, they have a great chance of winning the second leg.”
“They have to play the same as they did in Turin, exploiting all their virtues, because they won’t be able to stop them.
“Barca will try in front of 90,000 spectators, and they did it well against PSG, but Juve are not PSG. I don’t imagine Juve will allow it to happen. But, in football, of course anything can happen.” Lippi was quoted saying.
It would be easy for Juventus to look at Barcelona’s weaknesses ahead of the second leg, but they will gain just as much confidence from their own strengths. It probably goes without saying that Barcelona have the best front three in world football but Juventus are most certainly not devoid of quality in the final third and in Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain, they have two of the in-form players both domestically and abroad.
Juventus’ attacking combination has been superb and deadly. Are Barcelona capable of withstanding the ability of the pair, both individually and in tandem, throughout the 90 minutes? That is open to debate but are Barcelona good enough to score three goals against such a well-oiled defence?
The only time that Juventus have conceded so many goals in the league or in Europe this season came in November when they endured a freak 45 minutes away at Genoa, with all three goals coming in the first half.