Barcelona vs. Juventus Match PreviewPosted: Tuesday April 22, 2003 7:04 AM
Tuesday, April 22, KO 1845 GMT, Nou Camp, Champions League quarterfinal, second leg. Barcelona and Juventus are tied 1-1 on aggregate.
Barcelona coach Radomir Antic will welcome back Javier Saviola, after the Argentine striker's enforced absence from Saturday's heartening 1-1 draw at Real Madrid because of suspension.
Antic should also be able to give a starting place to Luis Enrique, the inspirational midfielder who scored the equalizer against Real in what was his first start since October.
Juan Pablo Sorin is ineligible for the Champions League after signing from Lazio in mid-season, while Gabri is suspended.
That will mean a shuffle in the defense, with Michael Reiziger likely to take the left-back slot, with Carles Puyol shifting to the right.
Alternatively, Gaizka Mendieta could be asked to play at right-back, with Puyol continuing alongside Frank de Boer in the middle.
Juve's 2-1 win over AS Roma on Saturday, meanwhile, leaves it travelling to Barcelona with its 27th Serie A title in its sights.
Alessandro Del Piero scored both goals in the victory which leaves Juve six points ahead of second-placed Inter Milan and coach Marcello Lippi is expected to stick with his winning lineup.
French striker David Trezeguet is not fit and not travelling to Barcelona because of a shoulder injury.
Croatian Igor Tudor and experienced Italian Antonio Conte are likely to start on the bench as Alessio Tacchinardi continues to enjoy a good spell of form in the center of midfield.
Barcelona: 1-Roberto Bonano; 5-Carles Puyol, 3-Frank de Boer, 4-Patrik Andersson, 2-Michael Reiziger; 11-Marc Overmars, 6-Xavi, 31-Thiago Motta, 21-Luis Enrique; 7-Javier Saviola, 9-Patrick Kluivert.
Juventus: 1-Gianluigi Buffon; 21-Lilian Thuram, 2-Ciro Ferrara, 4-Paolo Montero, 19-Gianluca Zambrotta; 16-Mauro Camoranesi, 3-Alessio Tacchinardi, 26-Edgar Davids, 11-Pavel Nedved; 10-Alessandro Del Piero, 18-Marco Di Vaio.
Referee: Graham Poll (England)
Champions League results 2002-03
Notes: Barcelona, unbeaten in the Champions League this
season and with a perfect home record, looks odds on favorite to go through. Its record against Italian clubs is excellent and the last Italian visitor, Inter Milan, was beaten 3-0 at the Nou Camp in the second phase. Its success has been built on a solid defense which has kept nine clean sheets in 15 games and let in just seven goals in total. Only one has been conceded in its last five matches.
Barcelona's record v Italian clubs: P30 W14 D8 L8 F54 A34
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