Barcelona 'still the best club around,' insists Juventus boss Max Allegri

Barcelona 'still the best club around,' insists Juventus boss Max Allegri

Barcelona 'still the best club around,' insists Juventus boss Max Allegri

"We are at the start of the season and the differences are not significant, but it sure is better to be ahead than behind", Valverde said.

Manchester United received a big scare during its 3-0 win over FC Basel in its return to Champions League play.

Juventus are also without the injured Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic, but like Barca, have won all three of their league games this season to sit top of Serie A.

The Italian champions knocked out their Spanish hosts at the quarter-final stage last season on their way to the final, where they were beaten 4-1 by Real Madrid in Cardiff.

Barca's start to the season has been dominated by calls for president Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign following Neymar's world record move to Paris Saint-Germain and the Catalan giants' bungled moves to replace the Brazilian.

Barca doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second hlaf as Ivan Rakitic fired from 12-yards out, after Juventus failed to clear Messi's low cross.

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He said: "He shot three times and scored two goals and hit the post". A run like this could well give them the confidence that they need to face quality opposition like Juventus, something that seemed to be lacking in them towards the end of last season. With a towering header from the Rakitic corner, Pique scored the fourth goal, while Ousmane Dembele made his much-awaited Blaugrana debut with just over 20 minutes to play, and the French sensation instantly made his mark by firing a ball across for Suarez to tuck home the fifth.

Along with Luis Suarez and club icon Messi, the young Frenchman will look to find a potent attacking triumvirate like no other and the steely Bianconeri defence will truly test their mettle on Tuesday.

Best football in the world started tonight.

Sporting Lisbon held off a late fightback to beat Olympiacos 3-2 in Greece.

Messi may have waited more than a decade to score past the legendary Italian 'keeper, but he didn't have to wait too much longer for his second goal. And Valverde would not disrespect any of the teams as his side will take all games seriously. The player Juan Cuadrado is suspended and Alex Sandro is in doubt.

It was the Messi show from that point on, though, and the five-time Ballon d'Or victor nearly doubled his personal tally for the evening in the 52nd minute when his powerful 25-yard drive struck the post before bouncing back off the beaten Buffon and behind. Champions League opened this year's edition with several magnificent games.

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