Champions League

Crespo tips Barca as favourites over Juventus

2017-03-23 14:47
Hernan Crespo (File)

Cape Town - Former Chelsea and Inter Milan striker Hernan Crespo believes Barcelona are favourites to beat Juventus in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Crespo is of the opinion that, all other things being equal, the Catalans are simply the stronger side despite their last-16 scare against PSG, when they had to overcome a 4-0 first-leg deficit to reach the last eight.

“The way I see it is, if Barça and Juve are both at 100% the Blaugrana will go through. They’re stronger,” Crespo told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“That’s not to say though that [Lionel] Messi and his lads are at their best, they flopped in the first leg with Paris Saint-Germain.

“So Juve can have their say. One thing is for sure, [Max] Allegri’s lads can’t afford any mistakes, they have to be in top physical and psychological condition. And [Gonzalo] Higuain can be decisive."

He added: “So Barcelona will go through? I didn’t say that, but logic tells you that the Spaniards are a step above.

“Everyone knows that, even Juventus, so Allegri’s team will have to play the game of their lives. In Turin they’re aware that everything will be played for over these two games.”

Juventus and Barcelona faced each other in the 2015 Champions League final when the Spanish side won 3-1 to claim the trophy.

Read more on:    barcelona  |  champions league  |  soccer

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Atalanta v Valencia, San Siro 22:00
Tottenham Hotspur v RB Leipzig, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 22:00
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Napoli v Barcelona, San Paolo 22:00
Chelsea v Bayern Munchen, Stamford Bridge 22:00
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Lyon v Juventus, Groupama Stadium 22:00
Real Madrid v Manchester City, Santiago Bernabeu 22:00
Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Valencia v Atalanta, Mestalla 22:00
RB Leipzig v Tottenham Hotspur, Red Bull Arena 22:00
Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Liverpool v Atletico Madrid, Anfield 22:00
Paris SG v Borussia Dortmund, Parc des Princes 22:00
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Juventus v Lyon, Allianz Stadium 22:00
Manchester City v Real Madrid, Etihad Stadium 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will emerge victorious in this season's Champions League?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.