Juve's Alves set for first Barcelona reunion


Mandzukic sat out Juventus’ 2-0 win against Chievo on Saturday

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Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is expected to return from injury for the Champions League quarter-final against Spanish giants Barcelona in Turin.

Right-back Dani Alves is set to face former club Barca for the first time since joining the Italian champions.

Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets is banned after two bookings in the extraordinary last-16 tie against Paris St-Germain.

Fellow midfielders Rafinha and Arda Turan, and defender Aleix Vidal are all missing through injury.

Barcelona, who are second behind Real Madrid in the La Liga title race, became the first team in Champions League history to overhaul a first-leg deficit of four goals when they beat French champions PSG.

Sergio Roberto’s late winner set up a rematch of the 2015 final against Juventus, when the Catalans won 3-1 to be crowned European champions for a fifth time.

Juve, who are aiming for a sixth straight Italian title, are competing in the quarter-finals for the first time since.

That loss in Berlin was Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri’s eighth defeat in nine games against Barcelona, but the former AC Milan boss remains confident the Serie A leaders can progress.

“Nothing is impossible,” he said. “We have to play a perfect game on a technical level.

“We have to play, believing we can go through. We’ll need to be at our best both when attacking and defending.”

The stats you need to know

  • Juventus are undefeated in 21 European home matches and have won their previous 32 Serie A games at Juventus Stadium.
  • Juve have won two of their four home games in this season’s Champions League, drawing the other two.
  • Barcelona are in the Champions League quarter-finals for a record 10th season in a row.
  • Barca have lost two of their past three away games in the Champions League.

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