After the missed appointment in the first leg. Ronaldo and Messi will encounter in the last leg of the group stage. Besides contesting the first place in the group, the great fight at Camp Nou will be an opportunity for these two superstars to once again assert their position.
Both Barcelona and Juventus secured a place in the playoffs, with Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros proved too weak. However, Messi and his team-mates still have work to do, which is to preserve the first place in the group in the spirit of determination from the away side.
Looking at Ronald Koeman’s performance in the Champions League, it’s hard to blame anything. Barca have won all five of their matches, including a resounding away win over Juventus. However, the Catalan giants’ form in La Liga is a different story.
Last weekend, Barca suffered a surprise defeat to newly promoted Cadiz, despite making the strongest squad. This result left Blaugrana with only 14 points from 10 matches, and dropped to ninth in the standings.
It is this uncertainty that makes NHM Barca still fear that their pet team will lose the first place in Group G, although this will only happen if Barca lose to Juve.
On the other side of the line, Juventus have also made sure of a place in the knockout stage. However, Pirlo is sure to set the most goals in the group to increase his ability to advance in the Champions League. However, Bianconeri is also experiencing a myth of problems like his opponent.
In the league, Old Lady is losing her monopoly by earning only 20 points after 10 rounds, being dropped by AC Milan by 6 points. Last weekend, the Bianconeri had to rely on the shine of old General Bonucci in injury time to retain three points against Torino.
Juventus’ bright point lies in Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed the first leg due to covid-19 infection. The Portuguese striker is anxious for a visit to the Camp Nou, where long-time rival Lionel Messi is waiting.
In their first encounter in the Champions League group stage, both Ronaldo and Messi will surely want to come out and win, a victory beyond the meaning of a mere football match.
Possible starting line-up
Barcelona: ter Stegen, Sergino Dest, Oscar Mingueza, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Miralem Pjanic, Sergio Busquets, Antoine Griezmann, Martin Braithwaite, Lionel Messi, Trincao.
Juventus: Wojciech Szczesny, Matthijs de Ligt, Leonardo Bonucci, Merih Demiral, Federico Chiesa, Rodrigo Bentancur, Weston McKennie, Alex Sandro, Aaron Ramsey, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Morata.