The 2016-2017 UEFA Champions league has been one of the finest in recent times with almost all the teams putting up promising performances. Teams like Leicester City, Atletico Madrid, Monaco all showing glimpses of champions league winning sides not forgetting the traditional teams in the competition like Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus all making sure we have great tournament to witness.
For instance just look at how AS Monaco side elminated Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City not forgetting FC Barcelona’s heroic comeback against Paris Saint Germain (PSG) going down 4-0 in the first leg and overturning that defecit to 6-1 in the advantage shows how intense the competition has been this season
UEFA Champions League 2016-17: Quarter final Fixtures
11 April 2017: Juventus vrs Barcelona
11 April 2017: Dortmund vrs AS Monaco
12 April 2017: Bayern Munich vrs Real Madrid
12 April 2017: Leicester City vrs Atletico Madrid
In the champions league this season, Juventus have conceded only 2 goals which the least goals conceded and the only team with no defeat remaining in the champions league is Real Madrid.
Juventus in the Champions League this Season:
Juventus is the undisputed and reigning champions of the Italian serie A. Juventus was drawn in Group H and Juventus won the group with 14 points. Juventus won 4 games and drew 2 in the group stages. Juventus progressed to the round of 16 to meet FC Porto and Juventus defeated FC Porto 3-0 on aggregate. Statistics of Juventus in the champions league;
Goals Scored: 14 goals
Goals Conceded: 2 goals
Attempts for Goal: 118 attempts
Attempts on Target: 38 attempts
Passes Completed: 4,682 passes
Barcelona in the Champions League this Season:
Barcelona the defending champions of the Spanish La Liga was drawn in Group C of the 2016-17. Barcelona topped Group C with 25 points by winning 5 and losing 1 game. In the round of 16, Barcelona shockingly overturned a 4-0 deficit suffered PSG in France. Barcelona qualified to the quarter finals by an aggregate score of 6-5 which was miraculous. Barcelona statistics in the 2016-17 UEFA champions league;
Goals Scored: 26 goals
Goals Conceded: 9 goals
Attempts for Goal: 92 attempts
Attempts on Target: 47 attempts
Below is the statistics between the two teams in the champions league.
Matches Played: 5 games
Juventus Wins: 1 victory
Draws: 2 games
Barcelona Wins: 2 victories
The last time they meet was in 2014-2015 Champions League final where Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 for the trophy but their last meeting in the quarter finals was way back in 2002-2003 season where Juventus qualified ahead of Barcelona with 3-2 aggregate scoreline. Barcelona field notable players like Frank de Boer, Puyol, Thiago Motta, Luis Enrique (current Barcelona manager), Xavi, Saviola, Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmas while Juventus also lined up a familiar 11 of Buffon, Zambrotta, Lillian Thuram, Edgar Davids, Pavel Nedved, Camoranesi and Del Piero.
In the 1985-86 Champions League, Juventus and Barcelona once again met in the quarter finals. This time Barcelona advanced over Juventus on a 2-1 goal aggregate. This encounter between Juventus and Barcelona is the third time both teams are meeting in the champions league.
Reason why Barcelona Will qualify ahead jeventus
Confidence of Barcelona Players.
The confidence is this Barcelona team in the champions league is just awesome, their mentality is just fantastic that they won’t easily throw in the towel no matter what the scoreline.
A clear example is how Barcelona eliminated Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in 90 minutes after going down 4-0 in the first leg and all odds was against them to go out of the competition but what happen?
Barcelona produced a magnificent come back at Camp Nou winning 6-1 to book their quarter place with their 6th goal that day coming on the final minutes of the game.
This shows how confident this Barcelona squad are and it will be extremely difficult for Juventus to overcome them.
The presence of MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar)
The MNS is arguably the most deadly trio in football now, it consist Messi, Neymar and Suarez.
Their performance this season in the champions league should be a hell of a burden for any team Barcelona face with Messi leading the top scorers chart with 11 goals and Neymar 8 assist as player with most assist in the competition, the 3 of them have scored 18 of Barcelona 26 goals they have scored in the competition.
MSN statistics in the champions league this season.
Messi Neymar Suarez
Goals – 11 Goals – 4 Goals – 3
Assist – 2 Assist – 11 Assist – 2
With this performance and quality of players its headache for any team to face Barcelona. Dybala, Higuain and Mandzukic combined, their goals won’t even sum up to that of only Lionel Messi.
If this 3 players are in their element there is no way Juventus will survive the threat Barcelona poses.
Barcelona is likely to qualify to the semifinals after the two legs with Juventus.
2016-17 UEFA Champions League Statistics.
Top Scorers UEFA Champions League 2016-17
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona): 11 goals
- Edinson Cavani (PSG): 8 goals
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund): 7 goals
- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich): 7 goals
- Neymar (Barcelona): 8 assists
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid): 6 assists
- Raheem Sterling (Manchester City): 4 assists
- Ouamane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund): 4 assists
- Eduardo Salvio (Benfica): 4 assists
- Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla): 644 passes
- Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund): 600 passes
- Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich): 582 passes
- Marco Verratti (PSG): 575 passes
- Koke (Atletico Madrid): 545 passes
Attempts on Target: UEFA Champions League 2016-17
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund): 15 attempts
- Edinson Cavani (PSG): 15 attempts
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona): 14 attempts
- Angel Di Maria (PSG): 13 attempts
- Karim Benzema (Real Madrid): 13 attempts