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Difficult seeing Messi in different shirt to Barcelona — Juventus striker Dybala

23 Noviembre 2017, 06:04 | Gerardo Tarin

UEFA Champions League Starting XI: Juventus vs FC Barcelona

Barcelona Keen to Do Better This Time Around

Juve picked up the pace in the final 10 minutes, aware of Sporting CP's 3-0 victory over Olympiakos, but Douglas Costa could only shoot half-a-yard wide and Ter Stegen managed to turn a Dybala potshot around the post.

The Argentine also fired an opportunity over the bar, while both lineups were guilty of some sloppy passing. These comparisons are not a burden for him.

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The second half saw Barcelona come out looking much better and more dangerous, showing their classic dominating possession game and putting Juventus on their back foot in the early stretches of the half. Me too as I want to continue playing with Leo. And after the double defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa, this season has exceeded all expectations for Valverde's new pragmatic Barca, who have now recorded back-to-back 0-0 draws in the Champions League for the first time ever. "He is with us and that's what we care about", Valverde added.

Dybala has long been compared to Messi — his international teammate at Argentina. A rest wasn't the worst idea.

Leo's part of the club's badge. They had a cushion.

But Wednesday's 0-0 stalemate at home to Barcelona in the Champions League, though dull to the neutrals, had the pragmatic coach purring, especially as he had to field an improvised defence after Giorgio Chiellini pulled out with a thigh injury.

In La Liga, it has worked well.

Ultimately this was a premeditated, disciplined defensive performance from Barcelona, which is not a style that is often associated with the Catalan club.

So leaving out Messi, who had shown signs of tiredness at Leganes at the weekend, wasn't strange at all. "If they play well, then it does good to the team and to the coach". It was actually completely logical.

The Juventus boss is keenly aware of Barcelona's excellent form all season long. His 12 goals have helped Barca to comfortably sit at the top of the league.

There is no argument whatsoever about Lionel Messi being the most important player for Barcelona. But fans are worried as there has been no official contact signing yet. They may have been understrength at Camp Nou in September, missing key players, but they were swept away.

Higuain, not for the first time, failed to offer a threat against Barca. When you play games like this, everyone needs to defend. One has to feel that much will hinge on the draw that Juve get heading into the knockout stages, with some big teams topping the other groups. Juventus would manage to create a few scoring chances themselves, but ultimately despite a fairly entertaining - if foul-filled - second half, the game ended without a single goal scored.

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