Wash the image and confirm the first place


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Barcelona and Juventus face tonight in a match that will settle the first place in the group and that, except for a capital surprise, it must be for the Barça team, which is worth a 0-2 defeat to go to the second round with the field factor in favor. However, the great attraction of the meeting is the duel between Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, nipped in the bud since the Portuguese left Real Madrid three seasons ago. Both Barcelona and Juventus will be able to afford to close this first phase without pressure, since both are mathematically classified, while Dynamo of Kiev and Ferencvaros, the other rivals of the group, will dispute between them the pass to the Europa League. Beyond confirming the first place, Barcelona will jump to the Camp Nou with the obligation to wash the image shown this last weekend, in which a unexpected defeat in Cádiz practically settled his chances of winning the League.

The Barça fans trust that Barça will be seen in the Champions League, in which the team is overwhelming, while in the League it has constant failures, it is fragile defensively and it fails in attack. A victory would be soothing for Koeman and it would confirm the two faces of this team, which could be the eighth to make full of victories in the group stage. He did it in the 2002-03 season and now he can match Real Madrid, the only one to have done it twice (2011-12 and 2014-15). For this, it will have the Camp Nou factor, where it remains unbeaten in the last 38 games he has played in the Champions League. Fulfilling that favoritism would allow him to seal his first important goal in a season where he continues to need joys, while the news continues to accumulate in the form of poor results and injuries.

Barcelona is obliged to react and more so after Koeman admitted that he is “pissed off”, after asking his players for better performance in both areas. For its part, Juventus has improved its performance since the defeat conceded in the first leg match. eight games undefeated between the Champions League and Serie A, where he is not exhibiting the authority of other years and occupies the fourth position of the leadership in the hands of Milan. The team led by Andrea Pirlo suffers casualties in defense Giorgio Chiellini and Merih Demiral, but his entire offensive arsenal ready with Cristiano Ronaldo at the helm, but also with Álvaro Morata who lives sweet days on his return to Turin and who has already scored six goals in this Champions League. In addition, there will also be another important focus of attention in the center of the field, since Arthur Melo He will have the opportunity to reclaim himself in his old home, where he was losing prominence after his hopeful start as a Barça player until he left the club after two seasons.

Datasheet

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Pjanic; Pedri, Messi, Coutinho; and Griezmann.

Juventus: Szczesny; Square, De Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; McKennie, Arthur, Ramsey; Bernardeschi, Ronaldo and Morata.

Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER).

Stadium: Camp Nou.

Time: 21.00 – Movistar Champions League.

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