UEFA Champions League
Barcelona vs Juventus
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 2:45p ET
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona
After a very successful and impressive return from the international break with last Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing of local rivals Espanyol, Barcelona return to action and will make their Champions League season debut against the team that knocked them out of the European Cup last season.
It was Juventus who handed the Blaugrana a painful 3-0 aggregate defeat over two quarter-final legs that exposed all of the defensive problems and lack of attacking creativity that plagued the Catalans in the final year of Luis Enrique’s reign. After an embarrassing display in Turin, Barça had a good performance in the second leg but couldn’t break down a Juventus defense that seemed unbreakable – until the Final of course.
Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 on aggregate in last season’s quarter-finals. The manager thinks a third clean sheet against them this season would be “extraordinary”.
“We know that playing three games in a row against Barcelona – considering the two of last year – without conceding a goal, would be very difficult, even if Juve could do it.”