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Gianluigi Buffon targets Champions League glory as Juventus knock out Barcelona

Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci: Why Barcelona display proved we are a great side Off-target Messi endures least accurate Champions League display since 2011
Montrelle Montesinos | 20 Abril, 2017, 13:30

"We showed great unity and solidarity". We tried everything until the end and kept fighting to create chances but none of them went in.

"We didn't have so much luck sometimes so we were searching for the luck. I think every team would like to avoid us now".

"This side deserves praise for how we approaches every game, whether we're playing Barcelona or Pescara", added the Italy defender, whose side have conceded two goals in 10 games in the Champions League this campaign. I think that's essential if you want to get the best out of yourself and improve.

MONACO manager Leonardo Jardim insists his free-scoring team are not among the favourites for Champions League success despite seeing off Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at Stade Louis II to secure their place in Friday's semi-finals draw.

It said everything about Juve's defensive display that Buffon only had one save to make, the 39-year-old denying Messi before the Barca forward hammered the rebound into the side-netting.

Dortmund skipper Marco Reus pulled a goal back early in the second half but Valere Germain came off the bench to put the seal on a famous win for a brilliant young Monaco side, who go through to the last four for the first time since 2004.

This came a week after the first leg was delayed a day following a bomb blast on the team's bus which left Spanish player Marc Bartra with a broken wrist.

"They are an Italian club and defend very well".

"It's not about who we don't want to face because none of the other teams want to face us", Bonucci told reporters after helping shut out Barca's usually prolific attack for a second game running.

The German team's hopes of turning round a first-leg deficit were not helped when the bus they were travelling in was held up by police for 20 minutes outside the team's hotel.

Before kick-off, the home fans showed solidarity by unveiling a banner which read: "BVB: You Will Never Walk Alone" as the anthem played out around the Stade Louis II.

However, despite enjoying 65 per cent of possession and taking 19 shots - with just ONE on target - Barcelona were unable to break down the stubborn Juve wall.