Bonucci: Juve now a team to beat

Bonucci (R) with teammate Dybala

Defender Leonardo Bonucci boasts Juventus are a team to fear in the semi-finals of the Champions League after they knocked Barcelona out on Wednesday.

The Bianconeri survived a scalp after comfortably earning a 3-0 win at the Juventus Stadium last Tuesday 11 April and went into Wednesday game with confidence.

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The game at the Camp Nou ended in a goalless fashion, thus handing over to the 2015 beaten finalists a ticket to be participants in Friday’s draw alondside Real Madrid, #Atletico Madrid, and Monaco.

Bonucci had after overcoming FC Porto in the previous round, asked for the head of Barcelona which he got in the quarterfinal draw.

The draw in Spain was Barcelona’s first time of failing to score at least a goal at the Camp Nou in the Champions League since May 2013.

Juventus had now extended their clean sheet run to almost nine hours — or 531 minutes — in the competition.

Bonucci insists other semi-finalsits will be afraid to meet Juve as against Juve not wanting any team.

“I think it’s not who we don’t want to face, but the fact all three of the other teams don’t want to face us,” he added. “Juventus invoke fear now in others and we’ve proved.”

UCL semi-finals open to all teams left – Dybala

Paolo Dybala (R) scores brace against Barcelona

Meanwhile, Juventus star forward Paulo Dybala spoke in the same language as teammate Bonucci when he admitted the semi-finals is a stage for any team.

Dybala scored twice in the first leg of their meeting with Barcelona at turin but was almost anonymous through the second leg on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old who is hoping for his first Champions League trophy says there are no favourites even with the reality that a team like Barcelona are out of the competititon.

“When we watched the draw for the quarterfinals together, we all agreed that we wanted every team but not Barcelona,” Dybala said. “Now I don’t see any big favourite, I think all the four teams have the same chance of going all the way. Let’s see who we get.”

“Not conceding against a team like Barcelona is not easy,” he said. “We are very happy with this achievement against such a great side. Considering all the games leading up to this, including PSG, we knew that we had to be solid.”

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