Lionel Messi Helps Barca Thrash Juventus 3-0 In UCL Opener

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 23, 2017

Under new coach Ernesto Valverde, Barca have won their opening three league matches (against Betis, Alaves and Espanyol), scoring nine goals in that time and conceding none.

"When he has the ball you always believe that anything can happen - good things for us".

The Juventus star was questioned on the subject today, ahead of his meeting with Messi in the Champions League this evening, and while he was keen to assure that it is a pleasure to play alongside his fellow Argentine, he also admitted that it has a definite effect on his style of play. Messi helped make it 2-0 in the 56th when his dangerous low cross was cleared by substitute Stefano Sturaro back to Rakitic, who fired it home. "Economically the club is in rude health with a record turnover".

Messi, 30, played a superb one-two with team-mate Luis Suárez. Juventus opened the new 2017/18 season with three consecutive Serie A wins over Cagliari, Genoa and Chievo. "He attacks teams, causes havoc, and is a genius at work". Additionally, Marko PJaca remains the long-term absentee with his knee issue.

This season, Juventus gave Dybala the coveted No. 10 shirt - previously worn by the likes of Michel Platini, Roberto Baggio and Alessandro del Piero.

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. Barcelona are pretty much at full strength, tilting the odds in favor of the Blaugrana. It's been a contentious recent history for these two teams, with Juventus eliminating Barca 3-0 in last year's Champions League quarterfinals.

It all pointed to early success for Madrid and disappointment for Barcelona.

"Everyone wants to advance and have a chance of winning the Champions League".

"I suffered a lot when I had to face him as a coach but now I get to enjoy him".

Olympiakos might have the fans to give them support, but Sporting players have the quality on their side.

Juventus could also be without key defender Giorgio Chiellini who is struggling to recover in time from a calf injury.

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