Barcelona vs Juventus preview, team news, prediction and more | UEFA Champions League match day 6 2020-2021
It’s almost a decade since football fans watch Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo take on each other in the biggest club tournament. Check all the details before you watch their reunion in the Barcelona vs Juventus, UEFA Champions League match
But, when was the last time the two best players of their generation met in the world’s biggest club competition?
Almost a decade ago. It was in the 2010-2011 Champions League season when Ronaldo was still based at Real Madrid. Ronaldo then moved to Juventus in Italy.
Barcelona have been excellent in the UEFA Champions League. However, their domestic league record is so poor. They have made the worst starts to their league campaign in the club’s recorded history. The Catalan and Spanish giants were beaten by newly promoted Laliga team Cardiz over the weekend. They therefore have several problems to solve ahead of this game against Juventus..
Juventus have also been well below their best in the Serie A. Juventus seems to rely heavily on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata to guide them across the finish line. The Bianconeri have shown a slight improvement over the past few weeks and will need to be at their best against Barcelona.
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Barcelona vs Juventus Head-to-Head
Barcelona and Juventus have faced each other on a total of 10 times in the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona has won five (5) out of the 12 H2H fixtures while drawing three (3) time. Juventus however has won just two (2).
Juventus last home game against Barcelona in Turin in October saw Barcelona edge them with a comfortable 2-0 win. Juventus will be able to include Cristiano Ronaldo in their squad hoping the Portuguese superstar can help them to victory.
Form in all competitions
Barcelona form guide: L-W-W-W-L
Juventus form guide: W-W-D-W-W
Barcelona vs Juventus Team News
Barcelona have an injury crisis on their hands and will have to do without alot of key players.
Ronald Araujo is back for Barcelona and is likely to partner Clement Lenglet in the defence.
Injured: Ansu Fati, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Ousmane Dembele.
Doubtful: Samuel Umtiti
Juventus have a few injury concerns of their own to account for and will have to do without Merih Demiral, Giorgio Chiellini, and Gianluigi Buffon (who are almost not starters) going into the game. Alvaro Morata is available and is likely to start alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
Injured: Merih Demiral, Giorgio Chiellini, Gianluigi Buffon
Barcelona Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Ronald Araujo, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Miralem Pjanic, Frenkie de Jong; Pedri, Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho; Antoine Griezmann.
Juventus Predicted XI (4-4-2): Wojciech Szczesny; Juan Cuadrado, Leonardo Bonucci, Matthijs de Ligt, Alex Sandro; Dejan Kulusevski, Adrien Rabiot, Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Chiesa; Alvaro Morata, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Barcelona have been superbly in the Champions League and cannot afford to replicate their poor form in La Liga on the European stage. Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking forward to his return to the Camp Nou and will want to test a weak Barcelona defence.
Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho have not been at their goal finishing form in recent weeks. They will need to step up big time during this game.
Barcelona sits at the top of the group after winning all the pass five group stage game.
Barcelona however could benefit from home advantage even without fans.
Juventus lack of creativity from midfield is also a warning factor. They may need to play the long crosses as they have two of the best headers [Ronaldo and Morata] upfront.
Match Outcome: Barcelona 2-1 Juventus