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Luis Enrique backs Barcelona to put five past Juventus

Luis Enrique backs Barcelona to put five past Juventus

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has backed his side to score five goals against Juventus on Wednesday and secure a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Juventus prevailed with a 3-0 victory in the first leg in Turin, leaving Barcelona with a sizeable task as they attempt to keep their European dream alive.

However, Enrique’s team have previous in that regard, having beaten Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the second leg of their Last 16 tie to reach the quarter-finals.

“Bearing in mind that the opponent will have chances and can score a goal, we’ll need five,” Enrique said during a press conference on Tuesday.

“There’s no need to play a perfect game, we just need to be effective, create chances, get goals and create a situation where we reduce our opponents’ self-confidence.

“We can do it at Camp Nou, we’ll need a good attitude, aggression with and without the ball and we need to give the fans a reason to jump right from the start.

“If we do that we can have a night like three weeks ago [against Paris Saint-Germain].

“We want to limit a great team in Juve as much as we can and showcase our own virtues.

“We’re convinced of what we have to do and how we can do it, maybe tomorrow will be another night in which we need to calm the players to control their excitement.

“All those who were at Camp Nou for the night with PSG have the chance to experience another historic evening, we’ll do everything in our power to try.

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“We know Barcelona can score three times in three minutes, and we’ll push together right up until the 95th-minute.

“Max Allegri said Juventus will need two? Well if Allegri said that then my calculations are wrong, we’ll need six.”

While it may appear unlikely that Barcelona will be able to prevail past Juventus, Enrique has full faith in his team, who boast an array of attacking talent including Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Barcelona have scored an impressive 26 goals in the Champions League this season, with only Borussia Dortmund having mustered more, and the Catalan club are likely to attack from the outset tomorrow night as they look to secure another seemingly improbable success.

Barcelona have created 75 chances in the Champions League this season

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