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Barcelona, Juventus renew rivalry — UCL

17 Setiembre 2017
Barcelona, Juventus renew rivalry — UCL

In the last five matches of Barceloa Spanish Primera División and Spanish Super Cup, they have won three matches and lost two matches. Paradoxically, we conceded the first and third goals on counter-attacks when we were trying to go forward.

Juve proved characteristically difficult to break down in the first half, with Barca's best chances coming via a free-kick after Blaise Matuidi fouled Andres Iniesta at the top of the box, and a mistake by Mattia De Sciglio, who almost played in Dembele before Alex Sandro's recover tackle.

"We even gave him more responsibility with the number 10, a shirt that holds a great deal of importance in the tradition of Juventus". When talking about the preview of the match, it is must to note Neymar's absence in Barcelona due to the transfer in this summer.

Ousmane Dembele made his Barcelona debut off the bench, setting up Suarez for the sealer at Camp Nou.

Messi broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime by playing a slick one-two off Luis Suarez and arrowing the ball beyond Gianluigi Buffon, finally getting the better of the veteran Italian in his fourth game against him.

Messi helped make it 2-0 in the 56th when his dangerous low cross was cleared by substitute Stefano Sturaro back to Rakitic, who fired it home. Roberto Lewandowski remains the fourth favourite with best odds of 10/1.

The team's decline was a worry for fans of the Catalan club and president Josep Maria Bartomeu is facing a censure motion or vote of no confidence as former candidate Agusti Benedito seeks to gather sufficient signatures to force fresh elections next year. Messi has now scored 96 goals in Europe's premier club competition.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde agreed that Dybala posed a threat but was also concerned with Juve's power as a team. This is the day 1 of UEFA Champions League 2017-18.

Yet, having come so close in recent years, Allegri believes they cannot just expect to end their drought. Juan Cuadrado is suspended.

The match also extended Higuain's scoreless streak against Barcelona to 12 games.