There are many a situation in which Juventus could see itself advance to the Champions League semifinals for the second time in the last three seasons. Many different ways that can make our head explode. Juventus don’t need to win. They can even see the final score be, say, 2-0 and still advance and end Barcelona’s European adventure.
But going through all of the scenarios — good or bad — would probably make our collective heads explode. And since I’m a nice guy and don’t want to be the cause of any headsplode messes to clean up before kickoff, I’ll leave it at that.
Now, here we go.
#ItsTime once again, my friends.
And we all hope that #ItsTime that Juventus continues to move on along this long-winding European road that has already taken them to France, Croatia, Spain and Portugal ever since Europe’s premier club competition started in September.
(#ItsTime for other things, too. Like for Gigi Buffon, the only player left from that wonderful 2003 team that faced Barcelona at the Camp Nou, to win the Champions League, or for Gonzalo Higuain or Paulo Dybala to score another important goal. But I digress, people.)
Juventus vs. Barcelona. Champions League quarterfinals. Leg 2. Juventus up 3-0 on aggregate. Juventus in good position to advance to the Champions League semifinals. This is what we know. This is what we want to believe.
So if you’re looking for some good mojo going into tonight’s game — besides the fact that Juventus lead 3-0 on the aggregate scoreboard — there’s something to pay attention to...
Man, keeping that trend going would be a pretty fantastic thing to take place. I know Juventus don’t need a win to advance to the final four of the Champions League, but winning and advancing sounds like a pretty nice way to spend a Wednesday.
Location: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
Kick-off time: 8:45 p.m. local time in Italy; 7:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 2:45 p.m. on the East Coast; 11:45 a.m. on the West Coast
Juventus starting XI (4-2-3-1): Gianluigi Buffon; Dani Alves, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira; Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic; Gonzalo Higuain
Juventus bench: Neto, Andrea Barzagli, Medhi Benatia, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Tomas Rincon, Kwadwo Asamoah, Mario Lemina
Barcelona starting XI (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Piqué, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar
Barcelona bench: Jasper Cillessen, Lucas Digne, Javier Mascherano, Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez, Carles Alena
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