Barcelona Ready for Revenge in Champions League Opener

Barcelona and Juventus are all set to meet yet again in the European Competition after the latter knocked-out Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the UCL.

It would be the first time that Ernesto Valverde would lead Barcelona in a European Competition. The two sides have already met this season at the International Champions Cup with Barcelona edging past Juve thanks to Neymar’s double.

  • When and Where

Wednesday 12:15am IST ; Camp Nou, Barcelona,Spain

  • Predicted Lineups

Barcelona Predicted XI :- 

Goalkeeper- Ter Stegen

Defence- Alba, Mascherano, Pique, Semedo

Midfield- Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic

Forward- Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Messi

Juventus Predicted XI :-

Goalkeeper- Buffon

Defence- De Sciglio, Benatia, Rugani, Alex Sandro

Midfield- Pjanic, Costa, Mathieu, D. Costa

Forward- Higuain, Dybala

  • Game Preview

After a 5-0 win against Betis, Barca have started to look at their very best yet again with the likes of Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic starting to show some form. But after failing against their arch-rivals Real Madrid in the SuperCopa, they are yet to face a big opposition and without a doubt this would be one of the biggest tests for the Catalonians. This would surely reveal their strengths and weaknesses altogether. Yet again, they would rely on their talisman Lionel Messi.

It would surely be a tough outing for the Bianconeri after the transfers of Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci. The compact defence which they once boasted would not be present as Giorgio Chiellini is also expected to miss the match due to a calf injury. The problems doesn’t seem to stop as Cuadrado is suspended and Alex Sandro and Mandzukic are doubts. But besides all this, Juventus are still fierce having two lethal strikers in the form of Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala. All eyes would again be focussed on Paulo Dybala who was the reason for the demise of Barcelona from the competition last year.

  • The Predictions

With Barcelona having home advantage and Juventus facing an injury crisis, it might not turn out to be fortunate enough day for Juve.

Predicted Score:- Barcelona 2-1 Juventus

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