Allegri: We gave Messi too much space

Skomina to referee Barca-Juve

Skomina to referee Barca-Juve

Messi played a key role in the win over Juve, netting twice with Ivan Rakitic bagging the other.

He shot three times and scored two goals and hit the post.

Buffon celebrates keeping a clean sheet against Messi, not many get to boast that more than once.

"He is within his right to do so, but I don't think there are the extraordinary conditions for such a motion".

Juventus shut out Barca over the course of 180 minutes as they triumphed 3-0 on aggregate in last season's quarter-final between the sides, but the LaLiga leaders found their Serie A counterparts a far less robust opposition this time around.

Giorgio Chiellini, Mario Mandzukic, Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio and Benedikt Höwedes are set to miss Juventus clash against Barcelona on Tuesday night (12 September) after being left out of Massimiliano Allegri's 19-man squad due to various fitness issues.

In the 56th minute, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner helped Barca make it 2-0, as his low cross was cleared by substitute Stefano Sturaro back to Rakitic, who fired it home.

Brilliant from Barca. Magic from Messi.


But this Juventus team is hobbled.

Dembele, who debuted as a substitute in a 5-0 rout of Espanyol on Saturday, showed some of the speed that Barcelona wanted when they signed him, but otherwise had a subdued match. Allegri told reporters after the match. If he continues to play like this then there's no reason the Spanish club shouldn't be successful.

Barcelona's humiliating loss against Juventus in last season's UEFA Champions League is fresh in the memory of the supporters, as well as, the players.

"The coach always wants what is best for the club". They press high and we'll need to overcome everything they throw at us.

"He could start at any time, if it is not now then it will be shortly". Paradoxically, we conceded the first and third goals on counter-attacks when we were trying to go forward.

Buffon will hope that Messi breaking his duck won't stop him winning his first Champions League trophy aged 40 at the end of the season.

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