Barcelona has another mountain to climb after losing 1st leg


However, Gianluigi Buffon got a hand on Iniesta's angled shot and seconds later Paolo Dybala scored his second of the night to see the score go from a possible 1-1 to 2-0 in Juventus' favor and tilt the balance squarely in favor of the Italians.

Juventus will, of course, be favored in the second leg on April 19, but still fresh in everyone's mind is the 6-1 rout of Paris Saint-Germain which saw Barcelona become the first team in the history of the competition to overturn a 4-0 first-leg loss.

His second was perhaps more spectacular, as he one-timed a finish from outside the penalty area after receving a ball from Mario Mandzukic.

"I was talking with friends and after a game like that you come home and you always suspect that it's not over".

Filling in for the suspended Sergio Busquets, Mascherano looked all of his 32 years against the whippet Argentine 23-year-old, who scored two goals in the first 22 minutes to rock the visitors.

"We were sharp, with good passing moves, but could've done better and in some moments tried to make vertical passes too often".

"It does not matter if I think the result is fair or not, it is what it is", he said, according to Marca.

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Barcelona were actually better in Turin than in Paris with Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez both going agonizingly close to the away goal which would have put a different complexion on the tie.

"It was important and I'm enjoying it with my family, but my job is to play football and have great nights like these", he said. As a coach it's very hard to explain, Juventus was superior to us in every way. We created clear chances, but when you're having a nightmare like we had today you don't have that spark needed to take them.

"I play for a top team and with the support I get from my teammates, I need to prove every game that I am still worthy of my place in the line-up", he added.

And, in another pop at his players, he labelled their first-half performance in Turin the "third half" from their 4-0 defeat in Paris in February.

The match pitted Chiellini against Barcelona forward Luis Suarez for the first time since the infamous incident at the 2014 World Cup when the Uruguayan bit the Italian defender.

He even had a kind word for Dani Alves, despite the former Barcelona right back - who won three Champions League titles with the Spaniards - launching a stinging attack on the club's "false and ungrateful" board two months ago.