Barcelona will have to score at least five to get past Juventus and perform another miraculous Champions League comeback but have nothing to lose according to Luis Enrique.
The Catalans made Champions League history by overcoming a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the last round, but have another mountain to climb at the Camp Nou on Wednesday as they trail their quarter-final tie 3-0.
Luis Enrique: “Our objective is to score five”
“We need to score fewer goals,” said an upbeat Enrique facing what could be his last European game in charge. “But bearing in mind the opponent could have chances and the goal can come at any moment, our objective is to score five.”
Enrique foresaw Barca’s recovery in the last 16, claiming an attack laced with the potential of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar was capable of scoring six against the French champions.
And he called for an expected near 100,000 crowd to play their part as they did against PSG.
“We don’t have anything to lose. We are free from pressure. Juventus have the semi-finals in their pocket and will have to decide whether to sit back or attack,” he added. “We only have one option which is to attack, attack and attack again. I am sure that if we score the first goal, the Camp Nou will score the second and the third will come of its own accord.”
Iniesta: “We have to create doubts”
Barca captain Andres Iniesta was more cautious in his optimism, recognising the first leg in Turin had been “a terrible result.”
However, he believes Barça have the potential to at least create some doubt in Juventus minds.
“Nowadays teams respect us a lot. I am convinced they know we can cause them problems,” said Iniesta. “We have the potential, the players and reason to believe we can turn this tie around or at least get close to it. We need to create doubts so at some point they see the tie is in danger. Everything depends on playing a perfect game in every sense.”
Barça scored three times in the final two minutes plus stoppage time as PSG froze in a grandstand finish six weeks ago.
And Enrique insisted Barcelona can’t lose belief even if the goals don’t come early against a Juventus defence that has conceded just two in nine Champions League games this season.
Prior to the first leg, the teams’ seventh and most recent contest had been that 2015 Champions League final in Berlin, where Barcelona triumphed 3-1 to take the trophy for a fifth time.
Ivan Rakitic gave Luis Enrique’s side, featuring current Juve defender Dani Alves, a fourth-minute lead and, though Alvaro Morata levelled for Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve ten minutes after half-time, Luis Suárez (68) and Neymar (90+7) sealed Barça’s fourth success in ten years.