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Juventus Without Injured Chiellini, Mandzukic vs. Barcelona in Champions League

12 September 2017

On the eve of his side's Champions League debut against Barcelona, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri discusses the challenge with the Blaugrana in the press conference.

"Last year they caused us a lot of problems so we need to be careful".

Ousmane Dembele is a wonderful talent, albeit one that they paid too much money for, and he's unlikely to be involved here anyway.

He said: "I know [Barcelona] well, this will be the 12th time playing against them".

"Despite losing Neymar, Barcelona are, along with Real Madrid, the strongest team in the world". There's still a suspicion that Barca are a fading force.

The 41-year-old will take charge of the clash which is a repeat of last season's quarter final meeting - which the Italian champions won 3-0 on aggregate - and the 2015 final of the competition.

New signings Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Rodrigo Bentancur (Boca Juniors), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich) and Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina) will all travel with the squad to Catalonia on Tuesday. Other than reputation, I can't see any reason why the Bianconeri are available to back at [5.3] here.

"I know them well, this will be the twelfth time playing against them". To go three games against them without conceding a goal [this year] would be extraordinary.

Last year's beaten finalist opens its European campaign against Barca at Camp Nou, where it will be without Mandzukic, who was withdrawn seven minutes from the end of the 3-0 Serie A victory over Chievo at the weekend.

In terms of the goals markets, it's obviously tempting to think of this as a high-scoring game, given the attacking talent that both sides possess, but Over 2.5 goals are pretty short at [1.73], and that looks to be a price that is there more in hope that expectation.

"Tomorrow we could play with three midfielders and three up-front, or we could play with two in midfield with those same players on the park".