Allegri praises ‘more practical’ Barca

Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri believes Barcelona have a stronger defence this season and are ‘more practical’ than last season.

The Old Lady eliminated the Catalan giants 3-0 on aggregate at the quarter final stage of last season’s Champions League, but are unbeaten in their last 17 outings and drawing only twice.

“Barcelona are stronger defensively this season than they were last year, with respect to that side,” Allegri told his pre-match press conference.

“They have not lost since the start of the league game and has conceded only twice, so those figures alone show they are more practical.

“This is obviously a match which will be both very important and very difficult for us, as it is crucial in us qualifying for the knockout stages.

“If we gain a positive result from this game it will be our first big achievement of the campaign.”

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