Barcelona completely outclassed the champions of Italy at the Nou Camp on Tuesday evening, a brace from Lionel Messi and a goal from Ivan Rakitic have put the Catalans in a commanding position within Group D. Here is a look at four things learnt from the fixture between two of Europe's elite clubs... Lionel Messi at his best is still on a different level to any opponent he faces despite the Barcelona talisman turning 30 this year. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner was unstoppable against an...
Lionel Messi at his best is still on a different level to any opponent he faces despite the Barcelona talisman turning 30 this year.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner was unstoppable against an experienced Juventus defence that on its day is among the best in Europe.
The Serie A side's whole team could do nothing but watch as Messi bagged himself two goals. The Argentina captain was unlucky not to get a hat-trick after seeing an effort from 25 yards crash off the post when the score was 1-0.
Following the departure of Leonardo Bonucci to domestic rivals AC Milan, the importance of Giorgio Chiellini to the Old Lady is even more apparent.
The Italy international has missed Juventus' last couple of games through injury and whilst Juventus will be able to get away with his absence against smaller sides in Serie A, against a team like Barcelona his experience and leadership is clearly missed.
Gonzalo Higuain is an Argentina international that has played for Real Madrid, Napoli and now Juventus but the biggest criticism of the Old Lady's club record signing is his tendnecy to go missing in the big games.
Higuain failed to score in either semi-final leg against Barcelona last season despite his fellow Juventus forward Paulo Dybala socring twice. The 29 year-old also failed to score against Real Madrid in the 2016/17 Champions League final and drew a blank last night against Barcelona.
The man who could have won Argentina the 2014 World Cup, had he stayed composed in front of goal, is not reliable in the big matches. If Juventus are to win the Champions League they will need to replace Higuain with a striker who has a proven track record of finding the back of the net when it matters.
It's early days yet, but a comparison can already be drawn between last season's Barcelona and the Barcelona under Ernesto Valverde.
The La Liga giants failed to score against Juventus twice last campaign, losing 3-0 in Turin and only managing a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou which culminated in the Catalans Champions League semi-final exit.
However, on Tuesday evening Barcelona had no trouble breaking down Juventus' usually formidable defence, Valverde would have been delighted to see his team fire three goals past the Old Lady but even more excited by the quality of Barcelona's entire performance.