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Barcelona's Valverde: "Juventus are a very strong team"

Barcelona's Valverde:

The Argentine was also the catalyst for the second goal, forcing Juve to scramble the ball off the line and allowing Ivan Rakitic to shoot into an empty net in the 56th minute and add to his strike against Juve in the 2015 Champions League final.

Barca captain Iniesta, 33, struggled for large parts of last season as injuries took their toll but he rolled back the years against Juve with a seamless display that recalled the days when Pep Guardiola was manager and Barca dominated in midfield.

Buffon was then called into action to deny a free kick from Messi before Suarez almost got in on the act with a near-post effort that rose narrowly over the crossbar.

COMPARED TO LAST YEAR - "The squad has changed, but if we are poorer or not, the results will dictate. When we play against teams of this level we cannot allow ourselves to switch off. That's the difference", Allegri told Mediaset Premium.

Barcelona continued to have the lion share of possession but Juventus had good chances with Gonzalo Higuain unable to beat Ter Stegen with a volley just after the half hour mark.

Messi was far from done. They have definitely had their problems over the summer, but finally, after their return from the international break, they hammered their rivals Espanyol 5-0.

Barcelona, which opened with 2-0 victories against Real Betis and at Alaves, hosts Juventus in the Champions League before playing at Getafe in the league on Saturday.

In the other Group D match, Sporting Lisbon won 3-2 at Olympiakos. If he continues to play like this then there's no reason the Spanish club shouldn't be successful.

"I'm lucky to play with Messi for the national team, I've learned many things". Getafe has four points and is yet to win at home.

THE BERLIN FINAL - "We have changed very much from the Champions League final in Berlin". Massimiliano Allegri's side started what has been termed as the decline of this golden generation of the Catalan outfit. Paradoxically, we conceded the first and third goals on counter-attacks when we were trying to go forward.