Paulo Dybala "very happy at Juventus"

On Tuesday, the Argentine proved he can be just as good as his more famous compatriot, scoring two goals as Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.

Jeremy Mathieu in particular struggled against Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado's movement and looked very much like a square peg in a round hole before being mercifully hooked at half-time.

Miralem Pjanic curled in an inviting corner and Chiellini out jumped Javier Mascherano to powerfully head home.

Paulo Dybala has insisted he is happy at Juventus after playing a starring role in his side's 3-0 destruction of Barcelona in the Champions League. "If you gift the first half, then obviously you're going to have problems".

"When I signed the first contract [was my best moment at Juventus], because I knew I would have become part of this club". But I take responsibility for this.

"We had several chances in the first half, moving the ball around and forcing them to shift, but we got a bit too greedy for an extra pass".

Despite a similar result, Robert felt the Juve game was different to the last-16 first leg against PSG, where Barca lost 4-0. "It is right to be happy with what we have done, but also to keep our feet on the ground and a sense of balance, as we have achieved nothing yet".

Iniesta insisted: "We will turn the tie around if we do things as we need to do in Barcelona".

Viewed by some as Messi's heir for the Argentina national team, Dybala's brilliant display only furhtered the comparisons, with Gianluigi Buffon stating he has the ability to be one of the best players in the world. "It's a defeat for the whole team, starting with the coach", he said, per ESPN FC. "It was a great victory, achieved by everyone".

Juve stunned Barcelona with Argentinian Dybala's brace and a third from Giorgio Chiellini on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).

Suarez nearly got a crucial away goal for Barcelona in the 67th but his effort hit the outside of the left post.

Messi had an effort ruled out for offside on the half-hour. One Italian sports newspaper ran the headline "The New Messi" above a picture of Dybala, while another went with "Messi who?"

Vanessa Coleman

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