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Crying Neymar Consoled By Dani Alves After Barcelona’s Champions League Exit

Neymar was in tears on the pitch after Barcelona were dumped out of the Champions League by Juventus on Wednesday evening.

A defensive masterclass from the Italian champions stifled Barca, resulting in a goalless draw at Camp Nou.

Barcelona needed a mountain to climb after being convincingly beaten 3-0 by Juve in the first leg in Italy, but Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were rarely given a chance to make amends in Wednesday night’s return fixture.

At the final whistle, Neymar was visibly upset by his side’s elimination but was consoled by his former Barca team-mate Dani Alves and Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado.

Dani Alves has now revealed he told former teammate Neymar that he ‘has to move on’ after the Barcelona striker broke down in tears.

“I told him that this is football, that’s just the way it is,” said Alves.

“I already told him that I didn’t want to take on Barcelona for all that we had gone through together, but that in these situations you have to leave feelings aside.

“Everyone defended their club colours and Neymar needn’t be sad. It’s just a defeat and he has to move on.”

It is such a rare occurrence that Barcelona’s famed attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are kept quiet but the trio being shut-out in successive matches is almost unheard of, yet that is exactly what Juventus did over 180 minutes.

Juve relied on their defensive solidity as they kept two successive clean sheets against Los Cules to progress through to the semi-final of the Champions League for the second time in three seasons.

The Blaugrana’s hopes of another historic comeback were based around the talents of their front three and with the Italian giants successfully nullifying them, it was always going to be an uphill battle.

In 49 separate matches, the trio has managed to score three or more goals between them with nine of those matches actually coming in the Champions League but the reality is they didn’t consistently come close on Wednesday.

Much is said of Real Madrid’s own BBC of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo yet it was Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini that kept the hosts at bay.

Putting this into context only furthers just how impressive the Italian champions’ feat actually is, with Barcelona having not been shut-out in an aggregate tie since the 2013 semi-final which they lost 7-0 to Bayern Munich.

 

 

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