Messi On Target Twice As Barca Blank Juventus — UEFA CL

Messi On Target Twice As Barca Blank Juventus — UEFA CL

The marquee game of the Champions League's first group stage matchday of 2017 was the contest between Barcelona and Juventus at the Camp Nou.

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

Allegri added, "We know that playing three games in a row against Barcelona - considering the two of a year ago - without conceding a goal, would be very hard, even if Juve could do it". Essentially, he's shouldering Andres Iniesta's creative responsibility as his influence continues to wane, whilst taking on the mantel of Neymar's goals.

Dembélé will start his first Barcelona game although he made his debut last week-end when he assisted Luis Suarez in Barcelona's 5-0 win against Espayol.

But, with half-time looming, Juventus committed the fatal error of switching off while Messi had the ball on the edge of the box. A millisecond later, the ball struck the inside netting.

A brace from Messi and a goal from Ivan Rakitic saw the Catalan club move to the top of Group D thanks to a comfortable victory at home. And they are - still. Overall, the fans could be well-entertained with an attacking display from both teams.

However, he did take his time to make an impact.

"Semedo, Dembele and Paulinho played against some great players tonight". Between them they will break a lot of hearts on that flank this season but there was little cutting edge initially and Juve looked comfortable. He is one of the best players in the history of the game.

The German pulled off a fine save to deny Mattia Di Sciglio's long range effort. They had more fun, too.

Goals by Lionel Messi in five appearances this season, five in the last two LaLiga matches to add to the one in the Spanish Super Cup. Dembele is a nuisance on flanks and his runs will confuse the Old Lady's defence, opening space for Messi to exploit.

Defender Gerard Pique revealed that the players knew of Neymar's intentions to leave as far back as Messi's wedding on June 30.

Now atop the Serie A table, Juventus have scored 10 goals through their first three games, marking the first time they have done so since 1981.

Higuaín played 18 times against Barcelona in all competitions during his spell at Madrid, notching three goals.

Dybala signed a new five-year contract in April, tying him to the Serie A giants until 2022.

Barca's sporting director Robert Fernandez has said he expects the Argentina global to put pen to paper "soon".

Best football in the world started tonight.

Ultimately, there were extenuating circumstances for Tuesday's loss. But, according to coach Massimiliano Allegri, they will be without the injured Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio, while they are also assessing the fitness of Alex Sandro, Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic. Lionel Messi finally got one over on Gianluigi Buffon, PSG's Big Three all got on the scoresheet, and Manchester United won big despite an injury to Paul Pogba.

Despite that, they had their moments, especially in the first half. Dembele has playmaking qualities like Dybala but can play as a pure winger while the Argentine is more of a forward. "Every day he's more integrated and if he doesn't start now it'll be in the next few games".

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