UEFA CL: Messi On Target Twice As Barca Blank Juventus


Messi ran into the Juve area and although his low cross was blocked, the ball ran to Rakitic to score from 15 yards out before forcing another save from Buffon from outside of the penalty area.

"He is within his right to do so, but I don't think there are the extraordinary conditions for such a motion".

And he admitted it is far easier being on the same side as the five-time World Player of the Year after his first taste of Champions League action as Barca boss.

"Luckily I have the chance to play with Messi in the national team".

Barca will welcome the Italian champions as joint leaders in La Liga after a 5-0 thrashing of local rivals Espanyol on Saturday maintained their 100 per cent league record, but this game will be a stern test of their credentials. Last year, Juve embarrassed and outclassed Barcelona over two legs in the quarterfinals of the competition and the Argentine was ineffective in both matches. The Dutch striker has been on fire since last season, netting 36 goals in 41 goals last term.

Valverde was satisfied with what he saw from the France international, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund for a reported €105million last month. "He is a top-class fooballer, he always makes the difference and he also did it this past weekend against Espanyol", the Frenchman told Tuttosport.

Fit-again Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta is back to "feeling good" after overcoming a recent thigh complaint to star in Tuesday's impressive 3-0 win over Juventus. "You'll see that at the end of the season the results will come". Ousmane Dembele will hope to start for the Catalan team while Giorgio Chiellini is expected to miss out with a calf injury. Check the complete schedule of this week Champions League matches here.

In the other group D game Olympiakos lost 3 - 2 at home to Sporting Lisbon.

He said: "For me, Barcelona are still the best club around today".

"It is a privilege to have him as a teammate and for sure I can learn a lot from him". Paradoxically, we conceded the first and third goals on counter-attacks when we were trying to go forward.