The Blaugrana didn’t look strong enough to beat Madrid when the two met in the Spanish Super Cup, but things have changed since then. Los Blancos have had many problems with depth and dropped points against mid-table teams in Spain, while Barça won their first three La Liga games and lead the pack with a balanced team that scores for fun and defends as a group.
Barça also have Ousmane Dembélé, the most exciting young talent in the world who had a wonderful debut last Sunday against Espanyol and is ready to make an impact in his first Champions League match as a Blaugrana.
The opponents will give Dembélé and Barça a very tough test: Juventus come to Camp Nou tonight looking to frustrate the Catalan giants like they did the last time these two teams met, which happened in the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League.
Barça have improved since that meeting and they’ll face a depleted Juventus side with many injuries and suspensions tonight, but the Bianconeri are still strong enough to get a point or three in Barça’s home. Can the Blaugrana get some revenge and continue their good form? This is certainly a match you cannot miss.
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 8:45pm local time, 7:45pm BST (UK), 2:45pm ET, 11:45am PT (USA), 12:15am IST (India, Wednesday)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Television: Fox Sports 2 (USA), BT Sport Extra (UK), SuperSport 6 (Nigeria), TSN4 (Canada), SONY TEN 2 (India)
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(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)
Barcelona starting XI:
Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi; Dembélé, Suárez
Juventus starting XI:
Buffon; De Sciglio, Benatia, Barzagli, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Higuaín, Costa