You May Have Missed What Paulo Dybala Did Against Chievo

As reported by Sport English, the former Palermo man spoke about his admiration for the multiple Ballon d'Or victor, and feels "lucky" to play with Messi in the Argentina national team, whilst also stating his pride of being given the illustrious number ten shirt at Juventus.

If Juventus thought that their 3-0 defeat of Chievo on Saturday was the ideal preparation for tomorrow night's tie, they can hardly have been much comforted when they heard that Barca had warmed up by trouncing hapless Espanyol 5-0 in their Barcelona derby on the same night.

They are, as demonstrated both a year ago and in 2015, a formidable side in Europe, yet their domestic league lacks the competitiveness and clout needed to truly propel him on to the world stage.

Who in the world wouldn't want to play with Lionel Messi?

Juve boss Max Allegri has tipped Dybala to align himself alongside Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to compete for player of the year honours.

Despite not representing Dybala, Raiola told Rai Sport: 'In the end, Dybala will leave Juventus. "It could go either way but we'll have to secure qualification to the next round in the three games that come after Tuesday", he said.

While his talent his unquestionable, the fact remains that Dybala plays in the exact same position as Messi, behind a main striker.

Another new boy expected to play tonight is French midfielder Blaise Matuidi who will partner Bosnian schemer Miralem Pjanic in front of a probable four-man Juventus defence.

A brief word about the other two Italians in the Champions League. Even in 2015, with them [Barcelona] at their best they proved they weren't so inferior.

  • Stacy Allen