Barcelona's Lionel Messi starts match against Juventus on bench

Max Allegri's team are clearly under some pressure to win this game and I believe that will mean they adopt an attacking approach on Wednesday.

"They're very secure at the back, as shown by the fact that they've only conceded two goals in five games".

"Messi is the only player in the world who knows how to turn and pass the ball where nobody else can".

Messi nearly provided the killer pass to give Barca the breakthrough, with Juan Cuadrado messing up his attempt to head the Argentine's long pass back to Buffon, but Lucas Digne failed to capitalise on the opportunity. On the hour mark it looked as if the man himself had finally broken the deadlock with a wonderful free kick, but the ball rippled the top of the net and Juventus hung on.

"When such a big team loses a game, they want to immediately make up for it, so I expect a strong reaction from Juventus", said the Barcelona coach. The intensity nearly paid off when Lucas Digne found himself one-on-one with Buffon but the French fullback chose to square it to Suarez rather than take the shot on himself, and his pass was ultimately cut out before reaching the Uruguayan.

The Argentine also fired an opportunity over the bar, while both sides were guilty of some sloppy passing.

Meanwhile, the Barcelona boss played down fans' concerns regarding Lionel Messi's long-term future of the club.

One is the face of the Argentina football team and the other one, supposedly, is his heir in the making.

This match is, of course, a repeat of the 2014/15 final in Germany, where the Spanish giants ran out 3-1 winners. Alaba has twisted his back and Rafinha has a knock to an ankle, sidelining them for a game which Bayern need to win to keep up the pressure on Group B leaders Paris Saint-Germain.Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes will have to re-arrange his defence after resting Alaba and playing Brazilian worldwide Rafinha at left-back in Saturday's 3-0 win at home to Augsburg. Barca undeniably have to talent to go far in the competition, and this ability to grind out the result they want will be incredibly useful in knockout football.

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