Juventus on course to have the best Champions League defence in history

A shut-out success over Barcelona underlined that Juventus have the best back-line in Europe this season. However, the Bianconeri are now also in a position to prove themselves the best defensive unit in Champions League history.

After becoming the first team to hold the Blaugrana scorless over the course of a two-legged tie since Bayern Munich in 2012-13, Juve maintained their proud record of only having conceded twice in this season's competition.

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Only two other teams have ever managed to ship so few goals after 10 Champions League games: Ajax in 1995-96; and Arsenal in 2005-06. Both sides went on to make the final but both finished as runners-up.

Ajax had been bidding to become the first side to retain the trophy, after overcoming AC Milan in Vienna the year before, but they were beaten on penalties by Juve in Rome.

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Arsenal, meanwhile, took the lead in their Saint Denis showdown with Barca through Sol Campbell - despite having been reduced to 10 men after just 18 minutes of play following Jens Lehmann's professional foul - but the Gunners ultimately succumbed to late goals from Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti.

Therefore, Juve will be praying that third time proves a charm and that they will not only reach the final by nullifying Monaco in the last four, but also see off whichever Madrid club they would face in Cardiff, with Atletico and Real squaring off in the other semi.

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Winning the tournament will be difficult enough but were the Italian champions to do so without conceding again, they would make history, as that aforementioned Ajax team presently holds the record for fewest goals conceded (3) across an entire Champions League campaign (group & knockout stage).

Of course, Juve will be solely concerned on getting their hands on the trophy for the first time in 21 years but what's clear is that their hopes of glory hinge greatly on the enduring brilliance of an experienced back-line that has yet to be breached in the knockout stage so far this term.

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