Barcelona 0, Juventus 0 (Agg: 0-3): Chelsea target helps Old Lady stifle Barca in defensive Camp Nou masterclass

 
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Bonucci formed part of the Juventus defence which stifled Barcelona (Source: Getty)

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci talked up the tactical mastery of his side after the Old Lady showcased their renowned defensive resilience to shut out Barcelona and progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

The Catalans were unable to replicate their heroics of the previous round when they overturned a 4-0 first-leg deficit against defending French champions Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou to reach the last eight.

Barcelona peppered the Juventus goal and chalked up a total of 35 shots, but were unable to breach their rivals’ backline as the Italian outfit made it through to their third Champions League semi-final this century.

“We knew Barcelona were ready to risk everything tonight, but we closed down all the spaces,” said Bonucci, who was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea last summer.

“Scoring three in the first leg and not conceding at Camp Nou is the evidence that we are a great team, a great group. Now we need to make another difficult step to reach the final in Cardiff.”

Lionel Messi was the most wasteful for the hosts, blazing over the crossbar after earlier being denied by veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Former Liverpool forward Luis Suarez and Neymar also spurned chances, as Juventus continued their record of not conceding a goal from open play in this season’s tournament.

Ex-Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado had Juve’s best chance but fired wide.

It is the second successive season that Barcelona have failed to reach the semi-finals of Europe’s elite club competition, while Juventus join Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in tomorrow’s draw.

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