The Juventus star was questioned on the subject today, ahead of his meeting with Messi in the Champions League this evening, and while he was keen to assure that it is a pleasure to play alongside his fellow Argentine, he also admitted that it has a definite effect on his style of play.
And Ousmane Dembele, who made his debut with an assist in the 5-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday, was handed his first start on Tuesday against a Juventus team missing Giorgio Chiellini, Stephan Lichtsteiner (not chosen in Juve's European squad), Juan Cuadrado, Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio and Mario Mandzukic.
ON THE MODEL - "I still have to decide on the form, but the characteristics of the players in the field allow me to change". And in the national it is obvious that I have to adapt myself to him'.
"The vote of no confidence is something that a member is trying to get off the ground", added Bartomeu.
Messi helped make it 2-0 in the 56th when his dangerous low cross was cleared by substitute Stefano Sturaro back to Rakitic, who fired it home.
"It's clear that Messi has more experience and is at a different point in his career, but Paulo's growing a lot and maybe Messi's motivating him to improve". However, we're now in a new era as Ernesto Valverde has the team playing in a more robust & efficient way than last season.
Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri insisted that the group winner would not be decided tonight, but the Italian manager can't seriously believe that Barca will slip-up against either Olympiacos or Sporting on the evidence of what he's just seen. Next weekend it will face a difficult test when it travels to play co-leader Real Sociedad at Anoeta Stadium.
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Paulo Dybala, who has scored five of those goals, and Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi are the joint top scorers in Serie A this season. "They showed a real controlled approach to the match".
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