Valverde praises Messi after Barcelona win

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Beating the team that eliminated Barcelona in last season's quarter-finals continued a fine start to life at Camp Nou for Valverde, with his team having won three out of three in La Liga without conceding on the back of the Supercopa de Espana reverse against Real Madrid. Messi played a one-two with Luis Suarez at the top of the box on a Barca counter before firing past Buffon for the 1-0 lead.

Messi scored twice and set up his side's second for Ivan Rakitic as Ernesto Valverde's men capitalised on some dismal defending by the visitors to claim some degree of revenge for last season's quarterfinal loss.

Iniesta's display was only upstaged by Messi, who ended his hoodoo against Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon with lethal strikes either side of halftime, scoring for the seventh time in three games.

The former Valencia hitman has yet to score this season and has made just one start in the 2-0 home win over Real Betis last month.

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The team was in good shape, then, heading into the Champions League, but Juventus were a level above any of the Catalan club's league opponents so far.

"I don't think we're going to have a problem".

Messi grabbed his 95th and 96th goals in the Champions League, breaking the deadlock just before the end of the first half in the Group D game.

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

"We even gave him more responsibility with the number 10, a shirt that holds a great deal of importance in the tradition of Juventus".

"He's a player that has a lot of quality. what we can see from outside is that he still wants to improve, he's a player who can make the difference", Ter Stegen told a news conference on Monday.

"They have lost Bonucci but they remain a very strong, good team", said Valverde on Monday.

The Champions League is live at bet365 Sports tonight as the United Kingdom sportsbook has posted dozens of odds and betting markets ahead of this match.

"These games have to be played with the mind". You have to go back to 29th of August, 2012, in return of Supercopa of Spain, to find your last both a goalkeeper for Barça.

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