Sport news – The first matchday matchday of Group D Champions League bring Barcelona against Juventus. The match will be held at the Nou camp on Wednesday (13/09) at 1:45 pm.
Barcelona and Juventus finally meet again in the Champions League event. Last season the two teams met in the quarter-finals with Juventus who successfully won 3-0 on aggregate.
But the current situation is much different than last season. Barcelona has lost Neymar and this time will likely give full debut to Ousmane Dembele. Juventus have also lost Lonardo Bonucci and in this game lost many players for various reasons.
This match could be the first heavy test for Ernesto valverde after the Supercopa de Espana ago. Valverde will miss Rafinha who suffered a long injury and Sergi Roberto who has not fully recovered from injury, although can be forced to play if conditions force. In addition to two players that all Barca penggawa seem ready for combat.
Barca seem to be lowering their best squad in this fight. Ter Stegen will stand under the crossbar with escorted Semedo, Pique, Umtiti and Alba. Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Rakitic will be the game regulator in the middle while the messi, Suarez and Dembele will be the attacking trio ahead.
In the camp the visitors, Massimiliano Allegri is being forced to rack my brain. He lost a lot of important players Juve who must be absent in this fight. Claudio Marchisio, Sami Khedira, Mario Mandzukic, and Giorgio Chiellini injured and could not play. Benedikt Howedes was not brought because he was not ready. Alex Sandro’s condition is still doubtful after last weekend’s illness. Stephan Lichtsteiner and Marko Pjaca are also out of the Champions League squad this season.
Allegri is likely to install Gianluigi Buffon as a goalkeeper with the protection of De Sciglio, Barzagli, Rugani and forcing Alex Sandro to play. In the middle, Pjanic and Matuidi are assigned to match the Barca midfielders. Douglas Costa, Dybala and Bernardeschi are likely to be given a chance to perform together. They will support Gonzalo Higuain who is installed as the main attacker.
Estimated Player Composition
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Raftic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Dembele.
Juventus: Buffon; De Sciglio, Barzagli, Rugani, Sandro; Pjanic, Matuidi; Costa, Dybala, Bernardeschi; Higuain.
Head to Head Both Teams
22/04/03 Barcelona 1-2 Juventus (Champions League)
07/06/15 Juventus 1-3 Barcelona (Champions League)
12/04/17 Juventus 3-0 Barcelona (Champions League)
20/04/17 Barcelona 0-0 Juventus (Champions League)
23/07/17 Juventus 1-2 Barcelona (International Champions Cup)
Last Five Matches of Barcelona
14/08/17 Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid (Supercopa de Espana)
17/08/17 Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (Supercopa de Espana)
21/08/17 Barcelona 2-0 Real Betis (La Liga)
26/08/17 Alaves 0-2 Barcelona (La Liga)
10/09/17 Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol (La Liga)
The Last Five Matches of Juventus
05/08/17 Tottenham 2-0 Juventus (Friendly)
14/08/17 Juventus 2-3 Lazio (Supercoppa Italiana)
19/08/17 Juventus 3-0 Cagliari (Serie A)
26/08/17 Genoa 2-4 Juventus (Serie A)
09/09/17 Juventus 3-0 Chievo (Serie A)
Barcelona is still not completely out of shock over the departure of Neymar. But they are slowly starting to move forward with the squad they have today. For the match against Juventus this time, Barca can lose all their best players. Which may be a problem may be only the current Barca peamin still adapt to the tactics Valverde.
Juventus is actually in a good performance. But not being able to play nine players will certainly be a great handicap for Old Lady. Massimiliano Allegri had to mix the tactics that fit with the remaining players.
Both teams have not been able to show his best strength in the game earlier this season. However, Barcelona is a host status plus the fact that Juve lost a lot of important players to make Barca unseeded. Jordan predict match will run relatively balanced but Barca will be able to win with a score of 2-1.