Juventus without Khedira and Marchisio for Barcelona clash

Barcelona vs Juventus 12 September 2017: UCL Preview and Predictions

UCL: Barcelona expect 'intense game' against Juventus

Of all the English clubs, Tottenham were dealt the most difficult hand.

Okay, so the weekend did not go according to plan. The only noticeable change is that of Ousmane Dembele, who was brought in from Dortmund, as a replacement for Neymar. UEFA does what it wants. Dembele and Paulinho are unlikely to start as he will rely on the likes of the in-form Messi and Ivan Rakitic to get a good result.

"Last year they caused us a lot of problems so we need to be careful". At any given stage, half the team can be simultaneously moving into "linked" positions to ensure that the opposition's sudden possession gain is effectively too much for them to cope with.

Rafinha Alcantara and Paco Alcacer are unavailable for selection, whereas Ernesto Valverde decided to leave out Arda Turan, Lucas Digne, Aleix Vidal and Thomas Vermaelen. However, we have seen the Juventus boss switch to the regular four-at-the-back system, whenever Bonucci was suspended or injured. If just about every single player isn't fully onboard, fully committed and completely reliable then sooner or later, the system will fail and break down.

In UEFA's Swiss homeland, Basel has won eight league titles in a row. Leeds and Preston (2) are the only two clubs in the Football League to concede fewer goals than the U's after the first six games (3).

Juventus managed to keep Messi quiet in both legs last year. Bayern Munich (Germany) and APOEL (Cyprus) are both five-time defending champions. Dropping into the Europa League, though, will be healthier for Danish football.

He is 'The Man' at Camp Now, right now. Remember those two ties were, respectively, the Berlin Champions League Final of 2015 and then last season's quarter-final clash.

"There's already a distortion where if one club for a number of years qualifies for the Champions League it will eventually distort the competitive balance".

As for other British clubs, the two Manchester sides each came in with a 73% chance of advancing to the Round of 16. For me, some of the enthusiasm has gone and despite the prospect of facing a European giant like Barcelona on game day one, i feel strangely calm and serene, with a thoroughly different mindset to seasons past: What will be will be.

Juve could also be without Giorgio Chiellini, with the defender struggling to recover from a calf injury in time for the trip to Camp Nou.

Liverpool's two midfield substitutions against Arsenal were James Milner and Marko Grujic, and while the two have many positive attributes, given the availability of Adam Lallana and presumably Philippe Coutinho, neither would make it onto the pitch.

Will the Spanish juggernaut Barcelona finally kick it into high gear and beat Juventus?

"Not only do the governing bodies have the monopoly anymore of organizing competitions", Swart said.

Folks, get excited as the Champions League is back.

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