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    Paulo Dybala inspires Juve to leave Luis Enrique in need of another miracle

    In any other era, against any other team, three goals without reply in the first leg of a European quarter-final would ordinarily be enough to win a tie, but Juventus know that at the Nou Camp strange and marvellous things have happened before, and they might just happen again.

    Even on a night like this, the Italian champions hardly needed telling that Paris Saint-Germain scored four against Barcelona in Paris in the previous round and that turned out to be insufficient to eliminate this great late-Lionel Messi era team.

    Despite their wretched away form this season, Barcelona are still doing many of the brilliant things that Barcelona used to do, just not all the parts function any longer.

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    They meet for the much-anticipated second leg next Wednesday and in the meantime Juventus, who have conceded just two Champions League goals all season, have this masterful win. Now all they have to do is avoid being taken apart piece by piece, in the same way PSG were three weeks after their greatest ever European result.

    On this night were two fine goals by the young Argentine Paulo Dybala, another from the old warhorse Giorgio Chiellini and plenty of the hard yards from a Juventus team who had their opposition swirling around the battlements for most of the evening.

    This was not a bad Barcelona performance by the standards of their catastrophe in Paris in the previous round, it was just they could not find a way through.

    They will need three goals in the second leg at least to have a chance of a Champions League semi-final place in Luis Enriques final season and while it is hard to see them pulling off another escape, it is not impossible. For all the frustrations he might have felt, there were still some moments of remarkable quality from Messi, although precious little from Luis Suarez and Neymar.

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    I doubt if another miracle will happen for Barca this time around, with Buffon in the post, Juventus defenders, I am not seeing anything more than 2 goals.

 

 

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