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(Champions League) Juventus Vs Barcelona : Match Preview And Predictions

(Champions League) Juventus Vs Barcelona : Match Preview And Predictions


Juventus will meet with Barcelona for the eight time in the Champions League with the most memorable of their past meetings, the 3-1 defeat in the 2015 Champions League final. Their previous seven meetings has Juventus win two while Barcelona win three with two draws, this shows how competitive this fixture has always been.

Both teams are presently doing well in their domestic leagues, Juventus leading the Italian League with six points with a Form (WWWDLW) in their last six games in all competitions while FC Barcelona are also have a similar form (WLWWWL) in all competitions though still occupying the second position, three points behind Real Madrid.

FC Barcelona qualified miraculously, overturning a four goal deficit to qualify over Paris Saint Germain in the previous stage and will have to repeat a good performance if they are to head into the Semi's also Barcelona will have to do without suspended midfielder Sergio Busquets.

Juventus are unbeaten in 21 Europian games at home, winning 12 and 9 draws and have been seen to operate with the 4-2-3-1 formation since their defeat by Florentina giving them the opportunity to field their five best mid-fielders at ones and still operate in attacking positions.
Juventus's midfield is usually formed by Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira and backed up by Claudio Marchisio. Paulo Dybala also falls back to the midfield more frequently. In the defensive phase, Juventus transforms into a 4-4-2, with Juan Cuadrado and Mario Mandzukic occupying the wide midfielder positions and join Pjanic and Khedira
Barcelona operates a 3-4-3 formation which gives them a five man defense when things get critical and five man attack when in need and also support in the midfield. Barcelona can be divided into five modules. The first module is the goalkeeper and the three center backs. They initiate the offensive phase and advance the ball to the midfield. The second module consists of Busquets, Iniesta, and Rakitic. Once received the ball, they always try to create the passing lanes towards Neymar, Messi and Suarez (the last option is Rafinha). Messi and Suarez form a third module in the center.

They are so dangerous in the middle that the opponents have to deploy a lot of players to defend them. This arrangement creates a lot of spaces for Barcelona to operate on the flanks. This year, Barcelona mostly attack the left side through the module of Iniesta and Neymar. Neymar is extremely dangerous, and because of the attention in the middle, he often finds space and 1-v-1 opportunities.


Juventus 3-1 Barcelona

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Barcelona 3-1 Juventus

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