It was largely because of Juventus’ Paulo Dybala that Barcelona once again needs to produce a brilliant comeback in order to stay in the Champions League.
Dybala has been linked with big-money transfers and his performance on Tuesday night, where he scored a brace, demonstrated exactly why he is so sought after.
The 23-year-old Argentina striker, who has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid, curled the ball into the far corner to open the scoring and just fifteen minutes later he scored again.
Dybala arrived in Europe in 2012 with Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini declaring that he had signed the new Sergio Aguero. A few years later, he argued that Dybala would become better than Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi within two years.
During his three years at Palermo his performance matched the president’s words and in his final season with the club he scored thirteen Serie A goals. He then went on to achieve 23 strikes in 46 matches across all competitions during his first season at Juventus.
In the past, Premier League clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool have been linked with Dybala. However, it seems that the Spanish teams are now leading the race to sign him.
In 2015 he was quoted as saying that he’d “swim” to Barcelona if he had the chance and ahead of this week’s game Barcelona legend Xavi said that he “would fit in perfectly at Barcelona if you look at the other players there.”
Next week Dybala will have another chance to impress during the second leg of the fixture and Barcelona is sure to be keeping a keen eye on him.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is also impressed saying, “Paulo has made great strides in the year he’s been here. Dybala is a young player who is growing a lot and I think he and Neymar will definitely be the two best in the near future.”