Champions League: Rivalry renewed between Barcelona and Juventus


Lionel Messi (who else?) was the maestro as Barcelona went someway to exacting revenge for last season's Champions League elimination at the hands of Juventus.

Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United are both 73% likely to progress to the Champions League knockout round.

Barcelona was reeling after the surprise departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and the failure to sign many top players during the offseason.

Steve still lives in Barcelona and remains an immensely shrewd, knowledgeable and stern football analyst.

"We pulled through a complicated game, because these kinds of matches are always tough". If all goes according to odds, it won't be the last time they meet in this competition. The 30-year old's free role in the middle of the park has allowed him to both score more freely and create more chances for the team. Mario Mandzukic and Douglas Costa initially supported Gonzalo Higuain up front, but it was when the latter was swapped for Dybala that the game turned on its head.

Is there anything the man can't do?! It is the little tough for the Barcelona to face Juventus.

"His future is with Juventus and I am very happy with that".

But this Juventus team is hobbled.

Lichsteiner is a seasoned professional who will try to use his experience to gain the advantage over the youth of Dembele. Chelsea are predicted to struggle in their group with Roma and Atletico Madrid, while Tottenham are clear underdogs against Real Madrid and Dortmund.

It was his second longest run without a league hat trick for the Catalan giants.

Dembele arrives at the Nou Camp with fewer than 80 senior appearances under his belt, but Barcelona have high expectations. A millisecond later, the ball struck the inside netting.

Everyone has to believe in the coach's philosophy. The 23-year old has been in scintillating form, single-handedly changing the outcome of games with moments of individual brilliance.

Leo Messi has had a flying start to the season and has already scored five goals, while Luis Suarez is also fully fit after missing the start of the campaign with an ankle injury. Not "required to" in any meaningful sense, which states that it's his "duty".

But players love to play more than they enjoy training, and there's a real danger of rustiness as Roma belatedly return to action.

Bonucci was the central figure of the three-at-the back system that was made popular at the club by former manager Antonio Conte.