Messi praised by Barcelona's Valverde hails after Juventus win
- Autor: Ricardo Clara Set 17, 2017,
Set 17, 2017, 16:18
Here's his first goal that came just on the stroke of half-time as he played a neat one-two with Luis Suarez before firing into the bottom corner.
Juventus boss Max Allegri told Mediaset that Higuain needs to relax more and not let the occasion get to him, stating that you can't expect to come to Barcelona and dominate, you have to work hard for a win. "If we don't give him any space then we can limit what he can do".
The Argentine marksman was crucial in Juventus' 3-0 win over Barcelona in Turin last season in the semi-final first leg, scoring two brilliant goals to help knock the Catalans out.
Juventus are also without the injured Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic, but like Barca, have won all three of their league games this season to sit top of Serie A. "We should have remained in the match in the second half, whereas instead we made too many errors". He had three shots on goal, scored twice and also hit the post once.
Per Corriere dello Sport (via The Sun's Sam Morgan), Dybala, 23, was approached several times by Barca over the summer and was spied as a potential Neymar replacement. It was a good game against great opposition, which adds to the importance.
"It was an important win, above all for our aim of qualifying from the group", he said. You have to have the opposition in mind.
Barcelona's humiliating loss against Juventus in last season's UEFA Champions League is fresh in the memory of the supporters, as well as, the players. We were punished for the first error, 30 seconds from half-time, when we didn't close Messi down or foul him.
"I am sure he is looking forward to playing against Messi". You need mental strength and to stay in the game. "This will serve as a lesson".
A long ball by Gerard Pique found Dembele, who turned his defender on the right wing and sent the ball centrally to Messi.