Juventus made to wait for Serie A title after surprise defeat

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"If we had put all our regulars in it would have been easier to win it, but there is also the goal to obtain on Tuesday". Joao Cancelo's shot deflected off the outstretched foot of the 19-year-old forward and into the left corner of the goal.

Even though they're bound to rest players here, Barcelona remain overwhelming favorites, having won the reverse fixture 8-2 back at the start of September.

"I saw him the first time, at the age of 18, with Bolton in August and I was excited, he did certain tricks with the ball, the guys and I call them one trick ponies, the talented horses, who like to amaze, tried shooting and produced magic, if but a flash".

Messi's not the only Barca player who will have the weekend off ahead of the second leg of their quarterfinal against United at Camp Nou on Tuesday. Juventus drew with goals and know they are playing at home.

"We spoke afterwards. We had a brief chat and shook hands", Smalling told BBC Radio 5 Live's Football Daily podcast.

Cuadrado and Andrea Barzagli returned from lengthy injury lay-offs with young defender Paolo Gozzi, 17, and midfielder Grigoris Kastanos, 21, handed debuts.

And while we're all well aware of the magic Messi is capable of, he proved his toughness with his determination to play on after losing quite a lot of blood. "I regret this defeat because I think the match deserved more a draw than a loss".

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Overall, they were better than Huesca but never really got out of second gear.

And data crunchers at Fivethirtyeight which grades each team's defensive and offensive capabilities while looking at round-by-round probabilities says Juventus has a mere 9% chance of progressing all the way to the Champions League trophy on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

It was the Italy international's fourth consecutive Serie A match with a goal, and sixth in as many games.

Bernardeschi also came off the bench in place of Barzagli, as Allegri pushed for a point, with ten minutes to go.

Barcelona are set to take on United in the Champions League next week after winning their first leg at Old Trafford.

Juventus beat SPAL 2-0 in November.

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