Barcelona vs Juventus 12 September 2017: UCL Preview and Predictions

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Messi struck two shots past Buffon to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 victory over Juventus in their opening match of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Juventus embark on their Champions League campaign with dreams of winning the competition, coach Max Allegri hoping to expunge the disappointment of losing last year's final 4-1 to Real Madrid.

Worldwide fans are used to seeing Barcelona being the ones to poach the top talent away from other teams around the globe, however, this time Barcelona were the ones who lost out, and their deadly trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez has been broken up.

Dybala had absolutely terrorised the Blaugrana defence in last season's Champions League quarterfinal first leg, scoring two fabulous goals in a 3-0 victory for the Bianconeri.

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.

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Allegri was not too downbeat following the loss however, saying: "I don't think we're going to have a problem".

Rakitic got the second goal of the game for the hosts as Messi dribbled his way into the box on the right and sent a cross in which was cleared to the path of the Croatian who slotted in past Buffon. The goal was Messi's first against the Italian keeper, and should force Juventus to take more risks in attack in the second half, giving Messi even more space to exploit on the counter.

"The lads had a good game, but when you have chances here, you've got to take them. What we want is for him to be in a good situation and to be happy, although that's not exclusively for him, but for everyone".

Also in the Champions League, FS1 has Manchester United vs Basel at 2:45pm. From a Juventus defender perspective, it was a very rude goal.

Madrid had opened with a convincing 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna but then was held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia at the Bernabeu. We have to improve and be more solid mentally. You have to go back to 29th of August, 2012, in return of Supercopa of Spain, to find your last both a goalkeeper for Barça. "Let's see [how he trains] today", the Barcelona boss said just minutes before the Catalans' final workout before the game with Juventus.

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