Juventus vs Barcelona

No Messi – Ronaldo Showdown as Juventus Take on Barcelona in Champions League Clash

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Barcelona will play Italian Giants Juventus at Allianz Stadium on Wednesday night for a mouth-watering champion’s league clash.

This clash comes hot on the heels of their weekend El Clasic defeat where they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid at Camp Nou.

Juventus vs Barcelona
Cristiano Ronaldo misses reunion with old foe Lionel Messi. Image/Courtesy

The resignation of president Josep Maria Bartomeu seems to overshadow tonight’s clash.

On the other hand, Andrea Pirlo is off to a nice start in his managerial career, and Juventus will play hard and try and take advantage of Barça’s inconsistency.

However, the Italian giants will miss the services of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo who tested positive for covid-19.

With Ronaldo missing, striker Alvaro Morata will be called to lead the attack against a Barcelona side buoyed by Messi’s champions League record.

Andrea Pirlo has defensive problems to deal with as centre backs Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt, likely to miss out.

The other defender expected to pass late fitness test is Leonardo Bonucci.

Attacking midfielder Paolo Dybala is expected to play a key role after starting his first game of the season against Hellas Verona at the weekend.

Ronald Koeman’s side will be without the suspended Gerard Pique, who was sent off against Ferencvaros.

The list of injured players include Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Samuel Umtiti and Philippe Coutinho.

Goalkeeper Neto is expected to continue in goal in the absence of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The match kicks off at 11pm Kenyan time.

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