A resounding 5-1 aggregate Spanish Super Cup defeat by arch rivals Real Madrid added to the sense of despondency. Rakitic made no mistake and Barcelona were then cruising against the team that they struggled against last year.
Madrid had opened with a convincing 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna but then was held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia at the Bernabeu.
"Absolutely spot on. When you lift that imaginary card in the air, it's only right that you should get a yellow card yourself".
Dembele joined Barca in an initial 105 million euro ($126 million) deal that could rise as high as 145 million euros from Borussia Dortmund to replace the departed Neymar last month.
Messi celebrates his second against the Italians. Everything turned around since, and the Russians are celebrating their first away victory in the group stage after a long time.
The leading match of this night's schedule was between Barcelona and Juventus. However, they will have to pay close attention to Juventus' talisman Paulo Dybala, who had a major hand in engineering their collapse last season.
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. From a Juventus defender perspective, it was a very rude goal.
Massimiliano Allegri is a happy man at the moment! In this match, it is predicted that Juventus will win against Barcelona.
Luis Suarez disappointed against Juventus last time round and the Uruguayan will be desperate to set the record straight!
Juventus probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Buffon - Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani, Alex Sandro - Pjanic, Matuidi - Douglas Costa, Dybala, Sturaro - Higuain. The Catalans looked like amateurs on defense as Juventus controlled most of the matches, but during the second leg, Barca was faring better. Never before have two teams of this caliber met right off the bat. Valverde opined: "Everyone is in charge of their own life and their own future".
Eibar's Ivan Alejo was carried off in a stretcher in the first half after his left knee buckled under him.
Dybala has shown his quality already for Juventus this season, notching seven goals in four appearances across all domestic competitions.
The same can be said for Chelsea.
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