Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has revealed his gratitude to the supporters of Juventus, after the Bianconeri faithful rose to their feet to applaud the Spanish legend upon his substitution last night.
Last season’s finalists Juve welcomed on-form Barca to Turin in a Champions League Group D clash, with the Bianconeri still struggling to hit full stride this season.
Max Allegri’s men fell to a harrowing 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture at the Camp Nou back in September, and looked less than impressive during their last European outing away to Sporting CP.
Barca, meanwhile, came into the clash having earned victories in 15 of their 17 matches across all competitions this season, with manager Ernesto Valverde having done a phenomenal job since taking over at the Camp Nou during the summer.
In the end, the clash saw the Italians rediscover their defensive solidity to hold free-scoring Barca at bay, though Juve themselves were also unable to find a crucial breakthrough on the night.
Though clear-cut opportunities were at a premium over the course of the 90 minutes, there was still plenty to be discussed in the aftermath of the fascinating tactical battle between the pair of European giants.
One such instance came in the 82nd-minute, when Andres Iniesta’s number 8 flashed across the board of the fourth official on the sideline, indicating that the midfield maestro would be replaced by full-back Jordi Alba for the visitors.
This led to a moment of pure class from the Juventus faithful, who rose to their feet in unison to provide Iniesta with a deserved standing ovation, showing their appreciation for the legendary Spanish veteran:
Iniesta was questioned on the gesture from Juve’s fans in an interview following the clash, and spoke of his pride at being so highly-appreciated:
‘It’s really nice that [the supporters] show me this kind of affection — both at home and abroad.’
‘Honestly, it is a source of pride and it makes me really happy, both as a player and as a person.’
As it stands
Elsewhere in Group D, Sporting CP put Olympiacos to the sword by 3 goals to 1, leaving Juventus just a solitary point ahead of the Portuguese outfit heading into the final round of fixtures.
The Old Lady will head to Greece to take on Olympiacos in two weeks’ time, while Sporting travel to the Camp Nou to take on already-qualified Barcelona.