Trailing 4-0 to PSG or being 3-0 down to Juventus? I know which situation I'd rather be in.
Barcelona are chasing a second miracle in as many rounds of the Champions League when they look to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Juventus.
But unlike the Parisians, who with a dash of good fortune were dispatched 6-1 at the Nou Camp, Juventus are both streetwise and experienced, and they won't let up so easily.
And though Massimiliano Allegri's side are far from invincible, the stat pack tells you of the mighty task facing Barcelona. Take it away, facts:
- Juventus have won their last five games in the Champions League, the current longest run in the competition and the Old Lady’s joint-longest. They are the only unbeaten team this season alongside Real Madrid.
- Juventus are also the only team to have won all four of their Champions League away games this season (10 goals scored, 1 conceded), their best ever run of victories on the road in the competition.
- On top of that, Juventus haven’t conceded a goal for 441 minutes, also the current longest run in the competition. Sevilla’s Nico Pareja was the last player to find the Turin nets, back in November.
- Juventus have conceded fewer goals in the Champions League this season than any of the other seven sides still left in the competition (2 in 9 games). Both of those goals came from set-piece.
Having not conceded in 441 minutes, Barcelona must breach the Juventus defence three times without reply just to take the tie to extra-time. On the road, Juve have conceded just once in Europe over four games this season. How's that for a monumental task.
And since the Champions League’s inception, Juventus have never lost in the knockout stages by a scoreline that Barcelona require to steal the tie.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Why Barcelona ousting Juventus would make PSG miracle look ordinary