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Barcelona vs Juventus — Soccer TV

Barcelona vs Juventus — Soccer TV

It is rare that Barcelona struggle against a single side so much, but in Barca's past six competitive games against Juventus they have only managed to win once. Its unique auction of some danger, in ecuador of first part, stumbled on Gerard Pique to miss a corner kick. All eyes will be on Argentine forward Paulo Dybala who has been compared to compatriot Messi. But with today's game taking place at the Nou Camp, this one really could go either way.

"When the team functions well we all play better". He has now drifted to 40/1 and bettors have backed off this option after Juventus' lacklustre showing. "He is committed to everything", he added. "This will serve as a lesson".

Yet, having come so close in recent years, Allegri believes they cannot just expect to end their drought. Juventus had a decent 40 minutes in the first half and kept Barcelona at bay.

"He has the qualities of a player at the highest level".

Valverde was satisfied with what he saw from the France international, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund for a reported €105million last month.

But their long list of absences, which also included Mario Mandzukic, Claudio Marchisio and Sami Khedira, proved costly.

Messi scored twice and set up his side's second for Ivan Rakitic as Ernesto Valverde's men capitalised on some dismal defending by the visitors to claim some degree of revenge for last season's quarterfinal loss.

However, questions were being asked surrounding Messi's Argentinean counterpart, Gonzalo Higuain, in regard to his impact on the contest. From a Juventus defender perspective, it was a very rude goal. Both teams gave me confidence, you can't be great without that word.

"I think Dybala will eventually leave Juve", Raiola told RaiSport.

Juventus, who were missing five key players including defensive warrior Giorgio Chiellini, looked a shadow of the team that beat Barca 3-0 on aggregate last season to reach the final, and have conceded seven goals in their last two games in the competition over two seasons.