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Barcelona look ready to shrug off difficult summer, get revenge vs. Juve

12 Setiembre 2017

The Argentine forward set up Higuain for the second goal and scored his own later on to make the final score 3-0.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri dismissed any ideas the club should expect to win the Champions League.

Unfortunately for Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon - who is in the final year of his career - he doesn't have the luxury of "so many years" and needs his side to make this season count in order to win the one trophy he so sorely lacks.

"It is actually strange to see Barcelona with three new players", Allegri added.

The Uruguayan pair will be back in action tonight, and Roma will be able to congratulate themselves on a pretty significant triumph if they manage to breach Atletico's defences even once. It's a combination of the departure of certain players, the lack of a big money signing in midfield (yes, I am used to being spoiled by Beppe and Fabio) and of course, that final 45 minutes in Cardiff that still haunts me every time someone mentions the words 'Juventus' and 'Champions League' in the same sentence. The rumours continue to this day about what may or may not have transpired at half-time at the Millennium Stadium, all of which you know too well, so i won't bother going over them. Quique Sanchez Flores' players would have needed wing-mirrors on their heads to anticipate the floods of Blaugrana shirts flocking around them from all angles to smother their possession.

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Heading to the Camp Nou, Juve are without Chiellini, Khedira and Marchisio who have all been left out of the squad due to injuries, along with Mario Mandzukic who picked up a knock in the victory over Chievo while Juan Cuadrado is suspended for the match. Curiously, and just to keep the parallel lines flowing, both sides were mightily inspired by their two Argentinian wizards, Leo Messi for Barca and Paulo Dybala for Juventus. But even though clubs in Spain claim to be very democratic, it's almost impossible for this motion to take place and make an impact.

And they prepared not only by trouncing a well-organized and pugnacious Espanyol, but by taking their display of outright harassment against Alaves and trebling it at the Camp Nou on Saturday. However, we're now in a new era as Ernesto Valverde has the team playing in a more robust & efficient way than last season. Celtic has cruised to the last six titles in Scotland, as has Juventus in Italy.

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.

Obviously, Messi and Suarez are untouchable up front. Deulofeu has been starting recently and he hasn't been doing so bad himself.

Then, against Espanyol, more of the same. "Football will lose its structure and clubs will either be much richer or much poorer and it'll affect the competitions". It is just a matter of when.

'The last three years have been fantastic, we reached two Champions League finals, ' he told UEFA.com.