As the Champions League opened with a series of one-sided games, Jose Mourinho was blunt.
Buffon will hope that Messi breaking his duck won't stop him winning his first Champions League trophy aged 40 at the end of the season.
Allegri has said, "Along with Real Madrid they are favorites to win the Champions League". "Let's qualify, let's make the points to qualify for the knockout phase". They did not concede a goal for 690 minutes, the second-longest run behind only Arsenal in 2005-06, and kept six clean sheets during that span.
However, the unsafe Paulo Dybala, who scored twice as the Italian champions dumped Barca out at the quarter-final stage last season, is fit to partner Gonzalo Higuain in attack. Less than 20 minutes into the match, midfielder Pogba was forced off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
In the same group, CSKA Moscow came from behind to beat Portuguese champions Benfica 2-1 in Lisbon with Timur Zhamaletdinov getting their victor.
The head-to-head record between these sides could not be more finely poised, with three wins each, three draws and 10 goals. "We know we'll have our opportunities and we have to be careful to exploit them well". A Celtic own goal ensured a night to forget for the Scottish champion. Meanwhile, Celtic's group rivals Bayern Munich enjoyed a 3-0 win over Anderlecht with goals from Robert Lewandowski, Thiago and Joshua Kimmich. Robert Lewandowski, Thiago Alcantara and Joshua Kimmich scored for the German champions. In the first half, Chelsea took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Pedro Rodriguez and new signing Davide Zappacosta scintillating effort.
Europa League holders Manchester United brushed aside the challenge of Basle at Old Trafford with Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford earning a 3-0 victory for Jose Mourinho's men.
Yet no sooner had the celebrations died down from Luis Suarez's finish from Dembele's cross in the final minute of Saturday's thrashing of Espanyol, than cries for president Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign rang around the Camp Nou.
In the team Barcelona, Midfielders Sergi Roberto, Arda Turan, and Rafinha will be missing in the hosts and the player Ousmane Dembele is going to take his first start for Barcelona.
Juventus were without a number of key players (including Giorgio Chiellini, Mario Mandzukic and Sami Khedira), but the club truly looked a shadow of the one that'd so effectively dumped Barca out at the quarterfinal stage last time out.