Juan Cuadrado says he’d pick the Juventus strikeforce over the famous Barcelona assault of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
The MSN threesome are regarded as the most threatening in football, but ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinal between both sides, Cuadrado insisted he wouldn’t trade Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic for the Barca stars.
“I ‘d pick my teammates,” Cuadrado said to the club’s website.
“The greatest out of those three? Not one of them. Dybala isn’t better than Mandzukic, Mandzukic isn’t better than Dybala.
“Everyone brings something different to the team which is our strength. We play as a household and we fight before the ending for every other.”
Juventus warmed up for the tie with a 2-0 house league win over Chievo on Saturday and Cuadrado feels the conflict with Barcelona must be handled as if it were the Champions League final, rather than a last-eight tie.
“All we might do is think about our preparations and operation and ensure that, come kickoff, we’re at 105 percent,” Cuadrado said.
“It is an excellent occasion to be part of; playing at home first in front of our very own supporters would have been an enormous increase and we should venture out as well as try to win the match.
“To do this, we must be perfect both in attack and defence, like playing in a closing. They’ve some world class forwards so we must be well-organised, make as few errors as you possibly can and capitalise on whatever opportunities that come our way.
“Do we consider we are able to get it done? Obviously, we do, constantly. I am aware what our team is really capable of and I understand that we’ve got enough to take on Barcelona.”
Gonzalo Higuain was the hero for Juve in that contest, scoring a double – his seventh of the season. He has been in excellent form for the Italian giants, scoring a whopping 27 goals this campaign. Manager Massimiliano Allegri will hope that Higuain can now translate that excellent form into Europe. He has scored only two goals in 22 Champions League knockout games in his career.
The Old Lady will fancy their chances of getting a positive result against Barcelona this coming Tuesday as they have fared extremely well at home in Europe of late. They are unbeaten in their last 17 Champions League home games (10 wins, seven draws), their longest ever run without a loss in this competition on home soil.
The Old Lady are unbeaten in all competitions at Juventus Stadium this season with 21 wins and two draws in 23 matches. They have won each of their last 15 matches at Turin.
Italian teams are known for their supreme defence and Juventus has definitely displayed that in their Champions League stint this season. They have recorded clean sheets in six of their eight Champions League matches this season.