Valverde wary of Lyon threat

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Juventus defied all the odds to progress to the final eight this week, beating Atletico Madrid 3-0 at the Allianz Stadium thanks to a Ronaldo hat-trick.

Dembele was touch and go for the game after straining his hamstring at the weekend but came on for the final 25 minutes, scoring the final goal in a 5-1 win.

"Juve-Barca Final. The Ronaldo/Messi final we always wanted", one said.

Ernesto Valverde warned his side to not take Lyon lightly ahead of their second-leg match in the Champions League rond of 16.

Semedo is one of the few players who has been fortunate enough to play alongside Messi and Ronaldo simultaneously.

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"What Cristiano and Juventus did was incredible", Messi said after Wednesday's win at Camp Nou. The second-leg encounter is finely posed, with Barca being unable to grab a crucial away goal in France and having to settle with a 0-0 stalemate aggregate score. Taking advantage of how close the two cities are, many will arrive later this afternoon by auto.

"We will see how he is and make a decision later", Valverde said. "He put the team on his shoulders". Unlike previous year the UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals round draws has been finalized along with the quarters -finals round.

He will also have to sit out the league games against Espanyol, Villarreal and, in all probability, Atletico Madrid's visit to Camp Nou on April 6. The quarterfinal draw was held Friday morning, and gave footy fans some mouth-watering matchups.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winners have met five times in the Champions League. "The fact remains unless the English clubs can find a way to stop Ronaldo and Messi, this year's final will be Juventus versus Barcelona". They met again in 2011 semifinals, when Messi scored twice to help Barcelona eliminate Real Madrid.

Interestingly, the performances of Messi and Ronaldo in their respective UCL games, further revived the question of 'who is truly the world's greatest footballer of all time?'

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