FC Barcelona are 2-1 up in previous European ties against Juventus, though Xavi Hernández recalls their most recent encounter as "a disaster" at the Camp Nou.
FC Barcelona 1-0 Juventus
Juventus 1-1 FC Barcelona
1985/86 European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-finals
"We've knocked out the strongest opponents we could have drawn," beamed Barcelona coach Terry Venables after his 'Dream Team' just about squeezed through. Julio Alberto scored in the 82nd minute at the Camp Nou, and the situation deteriorated for Giovanni Trapattoni's side – the reigning champions – when Steve Archibald put the visitors ahead after 30 minutes of the return leg. Michel Platini replied before the break but Barcelona stood their ground, helped by young Juventus striker Marco Pacione missing a number of chances. "Juve fans never forgave me for that," he recalled.
FC Barcelona 3-1 Juventus
Juventus 1-0 FC Barcelona
1990/91 European Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals
Pierluigi Casiraghi fired the Bianconeri in front in Catalonia, before second-half strikes from Hristo Stoichkov, with two, and Ion Andoni Goikotxea on 76 minutes turned the tie on its head. Johan Cruyff's men flirted with disaster in the return fixture, though – Guillermo Amor being sent off a minute after Roberto Baggio's superb free-kick had given the hosts a 61st-minute lead. "When they scored and Amor was sent off, we couldn't even string three passes together," said assistant coach Carles Rexach. Juve boss Luigi Maifredi was proud in defeat. "I think we saw the Juve of the future today," he said. Within weeks, he had been moved on.
Javier Saviola's equaliser in Turin offered Radomir Antić's team a platform for second-leg success, yet – despite being reduced to ten men in Spain – Marcello Lippi's side took the tie to extra time, Marcelo Zalayeta going on to convert the 114th-minute winner. "This was a disaster," said Barcelona goalscorer Xavi Hernández. "The truth is that we are a special team with special qualities and that won us the game tonight," said Lippi, whose charges would lose to AC Milan on penalties after a goalless final.
Barcelona and Juventus also met in the second round of the 1970/71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup – the non-UEFA affiliated precursor to the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League; Juve won both legs 2-1.