3 Key Battles That Could Decide Barcelona's Champions League Match Against Juventus on Tuesday

In a repeat of the 2014/15 Champions League final, Barcelona and Juventus square off in the 17/18 Champions League group stages on Tuesday evening. Both sides are blessed with a plethora of talent and here is a look at three key battles that could decide the outcome of this contest... Miralem Pjanic is the creative spark in Juventus' team, normally deployed in a three-man midfield with the defensive Sami Khedira and the energetic Blasie Matuidi, the Bosnian international is tasked with picking...

Miralem Pjanic vs Sergio Busquets

Miralem Pjanic is the creative spark in Juventus' team, normally deployed in a three-man midfield with the defensive Sami Khedira and the energetic Blasie Matuidi, the Bosnian international is tasked with picking the key passes to find the Old Lady's world class front-three. 


On the other hand, Sergio Busquets excels at shielding his back four from the exact sort of passes and dribbles Pjanic will be looking to pull off. The Spanish midfield comes alive  when the opposition have the ball and looks to break down their attacks before they've got started. 


Expect these two midfielder's to be involved in many tackles against one another during Tuesday's Champions League match, whether Busquets can successful stop Pjanic from orchestrating Juventus attacks will be crucial in the outcome of this fixture.  

Gonzalo Higuain vs Gerard Pique

Gonzalo Higuain and Gerard Pique have gone up against each other countless occasions during Higuain's time at both Real Madrid and Juventus. 


Gonzalo Higuain will be playing as a lone front man for large periods of the match due to Barcelona's possession based style of play. His performance in holding the ball up and occupying the La Liga side's defence will be crucial in relieving pressure on his teammates during the match. 


Pique will be tasked with dispossessing the Argentina international as quick as possible whilst also making sure Juventus' club record signing stays off the score sheet. 

Juventus' Back Four vs Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is still the greatest threat Barcelona possess but last season Juventus managed to nullify the Argentina captain. During last season's Champions League semi-final ties between the two clubs, Juventus won 3-0 at home and drew 0-0 away. 


It was Juventus' defensive strength as a collective that helped them stop the likes of Messi, Suarez and Neymar from registering their name on the score sheet over 180 minutes.


If Juventus are to leave the Nou Camp for the second season in a row without conceding a goal, their back four will have to put in another perfect performance against Messi. 

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