Juve 'invoke fear in everyone else' after knocking Barca out

Sports | 21 Apr 2017

Juventus' outstanding display to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League will have the rest of Europe running scared of the Old Lady, defender Leonardo Bonucci said.

Juve took revenge for their defeat by Barca in the 2015 final with a comprehensive 3-0 first-leg beating last week in Turin and followed it up by holding the Catalans to a goalless draw at Nou Camp to reach the semi-finals.

"It's not about who we don't want to face because none of the other teams want to face us," Bonucci said after helping shut out Barca's usually prolific attack for a second game running.

"Juventus provoke fear in everyone else and now our objective is to reach the final.

"We showed great unity and solidarity. We have belief in ourselves, because scoring three goals against Barcelona and keeping a clean sheet at the Nou Camp shows we are a great team ... This is another step for our growth and now every opponent will worry about facing Juventus."

Juve have conceded only two goals in 10 games in Europe this season.

Captain Gianluigi Buffon hopes the comprehensive win over Barca is a sign the Italians are ready to take the next step. "We started growing a few years ago and we need to continue on it," the goalkeeper added. "It can't just stop or plateau after this victory. It's down to us now, our destiny is in our own hands."

Barca will have little time to mourn their exit as they visit arch-rivals Real Madrid on Sunday in a potential title- deciding Clasico in La Liga. The Catalans trail Real by three points in the standings having played one game more.

"It's not a good night nor a good moment for Barcelona fans but we'll keep fighting until the end," outgoing manager Luis Enrique said.

Elsewhere, Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao struck early as Monaco reached the semi-finals with a 3-1 home win over Borussia Dortmund that sealed a 6-3 aggregate victory.

French prodigy Mbappe and Colombia striker Falcao scored in the third and 17th minutes before Marco Reus gave the visitors hope with a 48th- minute goal, only for substitute Valere Germain to wrap up the win for the French side nine minutes from time.

Monaco join Juve, Real and Atletico Madrid in today's draw for the semi- finals.


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