Juventus cling to second spot after draw with Barcelona

A glum-looking Henrikh Mkhitaryan sits all alone on the bench during the training session

A glum-looking Henrikh Mkhitaryan sits all alone on the bench during the training session

"I watched that first leg over and over to prepare". As we know, Barça are not a defensive team, and I expect them to have some joy offensively.

This season Juventus fell 3-0 in Barcelona and Valverde expects the Italian side to come out firing on all cylinders after their Serie A title defence took a knock with a 3-2 defeat at Sampdoria.

"All the fans want to see confirmation: a picture, a handshake, just like I do".

Juventus had beaten Barcelona 3-0 in Turin in last season's quarterfinal on its way to the final.

"They are not linked".

The club then said they would offer him a contract for life in October similar to that signed around the same time by Andres Iniesta. Regarding the transfer window, Barça, like Juventus and like the rest of the great teams, we are always open to improve.

Massimiliano Allegri has to pick between Benedikt Höwedes, Medhi Benatia, Andrea Barzagli and Daniele Rugani to start for the Bianconeri on Wednesday.

"The (failure to qualify for the) World Cup is more surprising because it has been many years since that happened". That's his decision and you have to respect what each person thinks or does. "Sometimes it's useful to change things but other times it just needs a little patience".

Rakitic, speaking at a news conference ahead of Barcelona's ChampionsLeague meeting with Juventus, said he wants to keep playing alongside Messi for the next few years.

The Spanish team are much more confident right now and they have a good opportunity to get a nice win in Italy - currently [2.6] on the Exchange. It will be hard, but we must get the result we need. Interestingly however the Spaniard was the player who made way for Messi after 55 minutes, and the arrival of the talismanic Argentine immediately lifted the tempo of the game.

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