Barcelona News: Lionel Messi reveals Champions League goal with message to fans

Barcelona News: Lionel Messi reveals Champions League goal with message to fans

On the eve of his side's Champions League debut against Barcelona, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri discusses the challenge with the Blaugrana in the press conference.

A brilliant Lionel Messi goal put the hosts in front towards the end of a first half as the second period was one-sided.

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. I think it possible that Juventus can win this game and given the price we are getting, I think it is worth the wager.

The Catalans looked like amateurs on defense as Juventus controlled most of the matches, but during the second leg, Barca was faring better.

Messi scores the opener at the Camp Nou, his first against Buffon. Juventus also had two wins and seven losses in the final Champions league title so far.

Dembele, who debuted as a substitute in a 5-0 rout of Espanyol on Saturday, showed some of the speed that Barcelona wanted when they signed him, but otherwise had a subdued match.

A resounding 5-1 aggregate Spanish Super Cup defeat by arch rivals Real Madrid added to the sense of despondency. He left Buffon with no chance against another left-footed strike which smacked the lower corner of his net.

Barcelona had a tough offseason with the Neymar saga, Lionel Messi's refusal to agree to a new deal, and difficulties in convincing other clubs to sell them the players they wanted. He has now drifted to 40/1 and bettors have backed off this option after Juventus' lacklustre showing.

After losing Neymar in the summer there was a lot of stories about a club in crisis at the beginning of the season but they've started with three wins from three in the league.

It was 2-0 at halftime but a second half brace to Michy Batshuayi helped to embarrass Qarabag. Giorgio Chiellini, Benedikt Howedes, Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio and Mario Mandzukic are all injured.