Juventus superstar Paulo Dybala claims he wants to face Spanish giants Barcelona in the final of the UEFA Champions League, in what would be a repeat of the final played two years back in 2015.
The Serie A giants eased into the quarter-finals, beating Porto 1-0 in the second leg on Tuesday night, with a completed a 3-0 aggregate success. The Argentine who scored what was the winner in the second leg, believes that Barcelona would be the perfect opponent for the Turin-based side.
“Do I want to meet Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich? I would leave Barca for the final. As it was two years ago, when I wasn’t there”, Dybala said to Premium Sports, as quoted by Goal.
The 23-year-old who joined Juventus from Parma in 2015 has been in brilliant form the team, scoring 14 goals in 31 games in all competitions this season and has given hope to the fans that they could go on and win the competition this year.
“Now, all the games are difficult. The draw will tell us who we face. We will try and get to the end.”
Juventus are currently on a roll and are eyeing a record sixth straight Serie A title as they are currently placed on top of the league with 70 points, eight ahead of second-placed AS Roma.
After they got close in the 2014-15 Champions League, reaching the final when few had them down among the top eight candidates, and after they had Bayern on the ropes last season, could this be Juve’s year?
There has certainly been a palpable shift in the club’s focus this season. While winning a record sixth straight Scudetto remains their ultimate objective, they have not been so concerned about taking the odd risk in the league to ensure that they have been at their best for their European appointments.
Massimiliano Allegri’s squad rotation might have cost them a few points here and there, but his team have been noticeably sharp in European weeks.
With an eight-point cushion at the top of Serie A, Juve have established a position that enables them to neglect their league duties a little between now and the end of the season, thus allowing them to focus even more on an ambition they have harboured since 1996, the year they last won the Champions League.
After dispatching Porto without really breaking a sweat in either of the two legs, the Bianconeri will go into Friday’s draw as one of the teams most would prefer to avoid, which is already quite an indication of how far they have come in recent years.