Pique confident team can lift itself up from Juventus loss

Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci were central to Juventus's'dogged efforts

Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci were central to Juventus's'dogged efforts

Juventus join Manchester United (2007-08) and Bayern Munich (2012-13) as one of the only three teams to stop the Spaniards from scoring in both legs.

Luis Enrique blamed the team's elimination on the lackluster performance in the first half of the match in Italy, when Barcelona was outplayed and conceded two goals that left Juventus in control. "On Sunday there's another big match, and we'll go there to compete and try and win", Pique was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.

Monaco leads defending champion Paris Saint-Germain on goal difference in the league, having played one game less, and faces a hectic run-in.

After the stalemate, Iniesta said: "We were not as effective in front of goal as usual and that cost us".

'I already told him that I didn't want to take on Barcelona for all that we had gone through together, but that in these situations you have to leave feelings aside. "It is clear we are very hurt to be eliminated from a competition that excites us so much, but now comes a key game against the leaders and a direct rival". But this is what happens when you compete a competition of a such high level, where you have to face the best and today we had the happiness of overcoming them.

There was no recrimination and they had appreciated the effort, witnessing their team rack up 17 shots, but it felt like the end of an era and they had long known that it was a lost cause: ultimately, the quarter-final had been decided in the opening 22 minutes in Turin.

Whilst Barca have failed to make it beyond the Champions League quarters for two successive seasons for a first time in a decade, Madrid booked their place in a seventh straight semifinal thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick in a thrilling 6-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich. Lionel Messi missed a string of opportunities as just one of their shots registered on target, leading to a comfortable night for Gianluigi Buffon in the Juve goal.

"Everyone was extraordinary tonight and when Andrea Barzagli came on [for Paulo Dybala in the 75th minute] it felt like we could have played for a whole day and not conceded".

"What the fans did at the end was a homage to what this team has been, what it is. a team that was going for every title, which has never relaxed and accepted every challenge", the Barca boss said. We must maintain our concentration for a month and a half to go all the way.

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

"In three years with him, we have reached two Champions League semifinals, and he has had an important role".