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Zoff Fires Warning To ‘MSN’



Juventus great, Dino Zoff, has backed the Serie A champions to contain Barcelona’s fearsome Messi, Suarez and Neymar tagged as the ‘MSN’ forward line.
The trio were all on the score sheet as Luis Enrique’s side produced a miraculous comeback to defeat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 at Camp Nou last week and book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
T hey will meet Juventus in the last eight in a repeat of the final of 2015, in which Barca triumphed 3-1 to clinch the treble in Luis Enrique’s first season in charge.
But while Zoff acknowledges the strength of Barca’s attacking trio, he believes a repeat of their goal scoring heroics against PSG would be impossible against Massimiliano Allegri’s side.
“That could never happen with Juventus,” the former Italy goalkeeper, who won six league titles with Juve, told Catalunya Radio.
“The Bianconeri have character and great players. It simply wouldn’t be possible for them to do that.
“All the Juve players are dangerous. Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain are fantastic, but the real strength of the side lies in the defence.
“Messi, Neymar and Suarez are the trio, who can create a lot of problems, but we’re Juve, and we know how to defend.”

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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