An outstanding display vs Barcelona
FC Barcelona was a formidable opponent for any side in Europe back then. With the likes of Neymar Jr, Lionel Messi, and Luis Suarez, the Blaugrana would often tear teams into pieces. Juventus themselves had succumbed to an MSN-led Barca in the 2015 Champions League final.
The two sides faced off once again in the quarter-finals of the competition two years later, with Barcelona fresh off ‘La Remontada’ in the round of 16.
With the Old Lady playing host for the first leg, Turin was set for a mouth-watering clash. On a night where a neutral would turn the TV set on to watch the magic of Barca’s scintillating front three, Paulo Dybala stole the show. A treble-winning coach with Barca, Luis Enrique was left baffled as Dybala ran his magic not once but twice in the opening 25 minutes of the game.
In the seventh minute, Cuadrado, a willing runner, found Dybala on the right. The Argentine wrapped his foot around the ball in such a delicate way that it, taking an inswing, curled into the back of the net beyond a helpless Marc-Andre ter Stegen. While the first goal of the night was a flash of sheer brilliance from the playmaker, the second goal outlined La Joya’s ability to detect ter Stegen’s vulnerability at the near post.
Barca fans blamed the German, with Dybala celebrating his second of the night. Giorgio Chiellini would put the game to bed by scoring the all-important third goal. Thus, the quarter-final tie against Barcelona in Turin is still considered one of the best games in Juventus’ prolonged history and one that would always remind Juventini of Dybala’s worth.