Messi On Target Twice As Barca Blank Juventus — UEFA CL

UCL Preview: Barcelona out for revenge against Juventus

Barcelona are seeking for revenge against Juventus as the blaugrana will face the bianconeri in their opening Champions League game of the season.

The match was a repeat of last season's quarter-final which Juve won 3-0 on aggregate, but it was Barcelona who prevailed by that scoreline on matchday one as Messi continued his inspired early-season form.

"They have lost Bonucci but they remain a very strong, good team", said Valverde on Monday.

But, with half-time looming, Juventus committed the fatal error of switching off while Messi had the ball on the edge of the box. A millisecond later, the ball struck the inside netting. It might be tempting to pencil in the two super clubs as the obvious teams to advance, but one dominating the other could open the door for an upset.

Neymar was the first on the scoresheet, nabbing his fifth goal in as many matches for PSG by beating his man on the counter and blasting a shot past the keeper for the 1-0 lead.

Andres Iniesta, starting his fourth game in little over a week, shimmered. Let's see how they fared in their respective matches.

Two woefully uncompetitive games saw Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich post easy wins.

The German pulled off a fine save to deny Mattia Di Sciglio's long range effort.

There had been speculations this summer about Paulo Dybala's move to FC Barcelona.

Reuters/Sergio PerezBarcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after he scored their first goal against Deportivo Alaves, May 27, 2017.

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique cleared a header by Medhi Benatia off the line in Juventus' best opportunity in the 81st.

His role has changed this season and it looks to be to devastating effect.

So far, the shift has contributed to an even more purposeful Messi. It's safe to assume this will not be the last time all three get on the scoresheet in the same game.

13 minutes later, Messi put the final flourish on a brilliant individual performance with his second. The third goal was added by Ivan Rakitic.

"I am sure he is looking forward to playing against Messi".

Ultimately, there were extenuating circumstances for Tuesday's loss. The player Juan Cuadrado is suspended and Alex Sandro is in doubt.

Despite that, they had their moments, especially in the first half. Behind them, Pjanic patrolled the midfield well and questions were regularly asked of ter Stegen.

From the Group D, Barcelona looking for their sixth competition win after their five and especially on the recent win in 2015.

Lionel Messi's presence in the Barcelona setup has become all the more important after Neymar's departure.