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Atletico have edge in Champions League semis - Buffon

21 April 2017

Juventus and Monaco have joined Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.

"Scoring three in the first leg and not conceding at the Camp Nou is the evidence that we are a great team".

"Over the two legs, Juventus played better than we did and deserved to go through to the semi-finals". They'll need every bit of that grit and guile against a Juventus team that is much more experienced and prepared to defend a large lead against B Barcelona's attack.

"I wish them the best and I think they could win the trophy".

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The second-leg stalemate sealed a 3-0 win on aggregate and came six weeks after Barcelona's historic 6-1 thrashing of Paris Saint-Germain, when the home side became the first team to ever overturn a 4-0 loss in the competition.

Enrique forlornly turned to Paco Alcacer from the bench as the hosts played with four forwards for the final half hour.

The last time Atletico, Juventus and Monaco reached the semi-final stage they also went on to reach the final and all lost, Monaco to Jose Mourinho's Porto in 2003-04, Juventus to Barcelona in 2014-15 and Atletico to Real last season.

It was a significant let-off for Juventus and they were forced to sit deep as Barca continued to create chances with Neymar and then Sergi Roberto - their matchwinner against PSG - volleying over.

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Juan Cuadrado struck wide after the break following another Juventus break, before Messi's low effort deflected off Giorgio Chiellini and flew inches wide of the left-hand post.

Italian media are confident that the perennial Serie A winners can deliver Buffon Champions League glory at last.

And Juventus were given another warning in the 67th minute when the luckless Messi volleyed over with Buffon in no man's land after failing to cut out a corner, with Barcelona, by this point, dominating possession and territory.

Barca had to wait 19 minutes for their first clear sight of goal as they intricately worked the ball around a packed Juventus box before Messi fired inches wide.

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Former Monaco star Youri Djorkaeff hopes the side can win the UEFA Champions League this season.

Atletico have edge in Champions League semis - Buffon