Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri Satisfied With Barcelona Draw

Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri Satisfied With Barcelona Draw

As such, clubs can sign a pre-contract with the Argentina international in January ahead of a free transfer in the summer if that remains the case.

Lionel Messi surprisingly started as a substitute against Juve, but the decision didn't backfire as Barca got the point they needed to qualify as group winners, in a game of few chances. Paulinho tried his luck from distance twice in the first half, failing to find the target both times. "They've not conceded in four Champions League games so it's not going to be easy".

The second half saw Barcelona come out looking much better and more dangerous, showing their classic dominating possession game and putting Juventus on their back foot in the early stretches of the half. That result showed everyone that Barcelona's hot start to the season was for real - and it set off alarm bells in Turin that are still ringing today.

"All the fans want to see confirmation: a picture, a handshake, just like I do. Then we will see if we go into the market or not depending on our situation and the possibilities that we have [to bolster the squad]", the Barcelona boss said.

"Messi's fine", Valverde said. But scratch below the surface and it made plenty of sense. Paulo Dybala meanwhile, the man widely acknowledged as the Argentine's footballing heir, almost opened the scoring after a darting run of his own. A rest wasn't the worst idea. They had a cushion.

Their cushion in La Liga is big, too. But the Bianconeri had lost at Barcelona by the same scoreline earlier this campaign.

The Catalan club currently lead the pack with 10 points after four matches, while their opposition on Wednesday night are just three points behind them.

Barcelona were closest to a first-half goal when a long-range Ivan Rakitic free kick found its way through the penalty area, bounced off the post and fell to Paulinho, who was unable to take advantage. It was actually completely logical.

The 30-year old has been in a great form this season. Messi netted himself a brace, while Dybala struggled to impact the game on the other side.

Messi's future has been the matter for much debate ever since the terms of his new contract were agreed almost five months ago. It's a honour to play alongside him in the national team.

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