Busquets back as Barca seek new miracle


Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique welcomed back Sergio Busquets with the Catalans needing another remarkable comeback to oust Italian champions Juventus and reach the Champions League semi-finals at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Juventus claimed a 3-0 lead in last week’s quarter-final first leg, but Barca overcame a 4-0 deficit in the last 16 by beating Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 back on home soil.

Busquets’ presence was badly missed in Turin and he returned from suspension in place of Javier Mascherano, whilst Jordi Alba replaced Jeremy Mathieu in Barca’s only other change from the first leg.

The inclusion of Alba and Sergi Roberto, the unlikely hero with the 95th-minute goal that sent Barca through against PSG, is expected to see Enrique revert to a 4-3-3 formation.

Barca’s hopes of a comeback will once again fall on the shoulders of star-studded front three Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri named the same side that started eight days ago.

Two-goal hero from the first leg Paulo Dybala shrugged off a minor ankle injury to start alongside Gonzalo Higuain up front.

Barcelona (4-3-3)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta (capt); Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar

Coach: Luis Enrique (ESP)

Juventus (4-2-3-1)

Gianluigi Buffon (capt); Dani Alves, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira; Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic; Gonzalo Higuain

Coach: Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (NED)

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