Messi stars in Barca's win over Juventus

Skomina to referee Barca-Juve
Barcelona vs Juventus 12 September 2017: UCL Preview and Predictions

17 Setiembre, 2017

The veteran ran the usually solid Italian champions ragged throughout the game and capped the display with a pinpoint pass to Messi for the Argentine's second goal, Barca's third, earning him a warm reception when he was substituted late on.

And for most of the first half of Barcelona's opening Champions League group match against Juventus, it was Messi trying to create to no avail.

The problem with having a positive record against Messi is that you know at some point there's a very good chance he'll eventually get the better of you. I think it possible that Juventus can win this game and given the price we are getting, I think it is worth the wager.

Juventus shut out Barca over the course of 180 minutes as they triumphed 3-0 on aggregate in last season's quarter-final between the sides, but the LaLiga leaders found their Serie A counterparts a far less robust opposition this time around.

In the last five matches of Barceloa Spanish Primera División and Spanish Super Cup, they have won three matches and lost two matches.

Both players are coming to the end of their careers and arguments will still be had past their retirements as to who was the best player of the two - obviously a difficult question to answer honestly.

Valverde was satisfied with what he saw from the France international, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund for a reported €105million last month. Though, the team has much enough strength to face any top teams in the football world.

Dembele's inclusion at the expense of Gerard Deulofeu is Valverde's only change for his first European test as Barca boss.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri took it one step further, backing Dybala to one day prove himself equal to the likes of Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon are also in Juve's group.

Pedro, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi all scored in a 6-0 win for the Blues.

"I'm lucky to play with Messi for the national team, I've learned many things".

"Three wins in the league and now this". Barcelona will seek to break Juventus down through the middle and Juventus will look to counter attack down the flanks, it'll be a clash of tactical approaches.

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