Barca manager urges fans to help launch another comeback against Juventus

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Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has claimed that his side's 3-0 aggregate victory over Barcelona in the Champions League proves how much quality they have. But without the boost of a winning streak. Enrique's side were in a similar situation, except worse, to tonight after they were beaten 4-0 by PSG in France. "And when we relax a little bit, we have to start attacking again".

Sergi Roberto was Barca's unlikely hero with the 95th minute goal that sealed the 6-1 win over PSG six weeks ago.

Bearing that in mind, Enrique says the aim for Barcelona is five goals to counteract a Juve away goal.

A tearful Dybala was consoled and bailed out by his captain that night as Messi scored the only goal in a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Uruguay last September.

Even though the odds are stacked against Barcelona to advance to the semifinals, they could win the match.

"We have to believe we can do it", he told Brazilian television channel Esporte Interativo.

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Barca have conceded seven goals in their last three games and despite having the second-best defence in La Liga, the feeling is that record is deceptive and they're weaker than ever. He netted twice each against Valencia, Sevilla, and Real Sociedad, but failed to score in the losses to Malaga and Juventus.

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is also mindful that Barcelona are "capable of producing miracles". "They are like sharks: they feel it, they smell blood".

"Instead, you have to push them back as far as you can, double up when they are in possession, and shut down the lines between defense and midfield".

However, the score remained goalless as the sides entered the halftime break.

Messi has played 575 games since making his debut for Barcelona in 2004. Champions League finalists in 2015 after knocking out Real Madrid and losing to Barca in the final, they were eliminated last season after extra-time following an incredible battle with Bayern Munich. "We have nothing to lose", he said. "We need to slow Barcelona's game down, and to score a goal would be a decisive injection of confidence".

Arda Turan, Javier Mascherano and Jeremy Mathieu are all injury doubts for the hosts, while Rafinha (knee) is definitely out.

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