Barcelona Lineup To Face Juventus: Huge Surprise In Midfield!!
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Barcelona Predicted Lineup To Face Juventus: Big Surprise In Midfield

Barcelona’s quarter-final record in the European Cup is won 14 and lost four, but that will become five defeats at this stage unless they can perform a miracle on home soil in the second leg of their last-eight affair with Juventus.

The Spanish champions were outclassed in the first leg of their last-16 tie away to PSG – losing 4-0 in Paris – but managed to create Champions League history in the return as they won 6-1 at Camp Nou to incredibly march into the next round.

Enrique’s side have won all 15 home games in the Champions League since the Spaniard took charge, while they are unbeaten in their last 20 European games at Camp Nou, which is a record that stretches back to September 2013.

They have also won eight of their 11 two-legged ties against Italian opposition, but will need to score at least three times without reply against one of the meanest defences in the world to stand a chance of making the final four.

There is some hope for the Catalan outfit, however, who recorded a 6-1 win over Roma on the last occasion that they welcomed Italian opposition to Camp Nou, with that particular fixture coming in last season’s group stage.

Barcelona are also unbeaten in their last 12 home matches against teams from Serie A – recording nine wins in the process. There are genuine concerns over their defence at the moment, however, which has shipped seven goals in the last three matches.

Here’s how Enrique’s men could line up…

Goalkeeper

Ter Stegen was under constant pressure from Juventus’ front three, who applied a high press against his attempts to pass out from the back.

Defence

At the back, Barca have been woeful in this season’s competition. They have conceded eight in their previous three matches in the Champions League this term.

In Italy in the first leg, their zonal marking system was torn to pieces by Paulo Dybala and co. Expect Mathieu to be replaced after his shocking display in the first leg.

Midfield

In midfield, do not be surprised if Jordi Alba is given the nod as Enrique desperately searches for solutions to the threat posed by Dybala and Cuadrado in wide areas.

Barca need all the firepower they can find so expect both Rakitic and Iniesta to start in the midfield ahead of Busquets.

Forwards

Luis Suarez had a nightmare in Turin last time out when he blew four good opportunities to give his side a vital away goal heading into the second leg.

Although they were shut out by Juve’s back line, this is the best front three in the world and you would bet you house on them scoring a plethora of goals.

 

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