Juventus play host to Barcelona on matchday 2 in the UEFA Champions League at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, on tonight, October 28.
Two top ranks in Group G face-off, Andrea Pirlo this time sit in the dugout for Bianconeries. His last meeting as a player resulted in a 3-1 defeat in the 2015 champions league final.
The 2017 finalist was off to a flying start last week picking up all three points against Dynamo Kiev, beating the Ukrainian side 2-0. Juve, though, were not at their usual best but Alvaro Marata’s second-half brace was enough.
However, the raining Italian champions fail to beat Hellas Verona over the weekend following a one-all draw at home which sees them at 5th position in the Seria A. Youngster Dejan Kulusevski saved the white and Blacks from an embarrassing home defeat.
Meanwhile, Barcelona also failed to beat arch-rivals Real Madrid on Saturday in the El Classico as the Catalan giant was handed a second successive defeat in the La Liga this season.
It’s been a difficult start to life in the Liga Santander for head coach, Ronald Koeman, who hopes to turn the tables as the season progress.
Champions League was a different story for the Blaugranas after an emphatic 5-1 victory over Ferencvaros at the Nou Camp.
But Koeman’s charges would be up for real test tomorrow in Turin.
Key Battle: Kulusevski vs Ansu Fati
With the much anticipated Messi-Ronaldo battle not turning out tonight night. The focus has switched to two outstanding youngsters who have hit the ground running already and seem to be the center of attraction at the Allianz Stadium.
Kulusevski is back from a season-long loan at Parma and seems to have settled in this time. He is enjoying his football at the age of 20 and has 2 goals out of 5 games in Serie A.
Ansu Fati on the other hand has been exceptional and has been grasping all the records after every game literally. With 4 goals in 5 games and one in the champions league already is impressive for an 18-year-old.
Juventus will be without their captain Giorgio Chellini, who misses out after limping off the pitch during their game against Hellas Verona.
In the same vein, Head Coach Andrea Pirlo can not count on Mattias De ligt who is yet to recover from his injury last month.
Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata will be the available options as five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo’s return is still in doubt.
Barcelona on the other hand will be in Turin without their leader at the back, Gerard Pique after he was shown the exit in the previous game against Ferencvaros. As well as Philipe Coutinho who picked an injury in the Classico.
Also, Samuel Umtiti and Marc Andre Ter Stergen are in the recovery phase of their respective injury and both are yet to appear for the five-time winners of the competition.
Szczesny; Demiral, Bonucci, Danilo; Chiesa, Bentancur, Rabiot, Cuadrado; Ramsey; Dybala, Morata
Neto; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Pjanic, De Jong; Dembele, Messi, Fati; Griezmann