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‘We have the players to turn it around!’ Iniesta confident of Barca comeback

Date Posted,April 17, 2017

Andres Iniesta believes Barcelona ‘have the players and potential’ to complete a sensational comeback when they take on Juventus in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Max Allegri’s Juve dominated 3-0 when they met in Turin with Paulo Dybala scoring two stunning goals.

The defeat left Barcelona needing to overturn a huge deficit for the second time in as many rounds. They lost 4-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital before completing a record-breaking comeback at the Nou Camp.

A repeat performance is needed on Wednesday against a side that has not conceded a Champions League goal since November.

Iniesta, though, believes they are more than capable.

“We have the potential and the players to turn it around,” he said at his pre-match press conference. “We have to play a perfect game. We have to create the maximum number of chances and score goals.

Barcelona’s players take part in a training session at the Joan Gamper Sports Center (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen dives to make a save (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

“We need to be offensive and create chances. There is only one way to read it. We have to score goals; we need them.”

He continued: “[The first leg] was a tough loss, but we’re potent; we can sow doubt in our opponents and try to turn the tables.

“I have no doubt there will be a great atmosphere tomorrow — the fans will be behind us.”

Manager Luis Enrique added: “Tomorrow will produce circumstances similar to the PSG game. If they score, we’ll need five.”

Denis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Neymar and Andres Iniesta (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
Luis Enrique is confident of overturning the first leg deficit (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

“We’ll try until the very end. We’ll do everything possible to have another historic night.

“I have no doubt that at some moment we’ll be close on aggregate.”

Long-term absentees Aleix Vidal (malleolar) and Rafinha (meniscus) are both out of Wednesday’s game while Javier Mascherano is a doubt with a calf injury.

With the exception of Marko Pjaca, who has been ruled out until next season with a cruciate ligament injury, Juventus have a clean bill of health.

Messi passes the ball to Suarez (Photo: REUTERS)
Suarez during the training session (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

Speaking about the trip to Barcelona, Juventus striker and former Real Madrid man Gonzalo Higuain said: “I don’t know whether our 3-0 lead will be enough. We have to come out fighting at the Camp Nou and play like we did in the first leg in Turin.

“Barcelona showed against PSG that they’re capable of producing miracles, so we have to be on our toes.

“They’ll be wary of us too, however. We’ll be looking to create opportunities to score and we’re certain that we have what it takes to reach the next round.”

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