When Barcelona's Andres Iniesta was serenaded off the pitch on Tuesday following a vintage display in a 3-0 win over Juventus that was only rivalled by Lionel Messi, it was easy to forget the gloom that had gripped the Nou Camp two weeks ago.
Juventus coach Massimilano Allegri claimed that Lionel Messi is "unstoppable" in the wake of his side's 3-0 loss to Barcelona.
Barca have since lost Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, but it was Juve's' most notable pre-season departure - Leonardo Bonucci's surprise switch to AC Milan - that loomed largest over this match as a once formidable defence was cut to ribbons in Giorgio Chiellini's injury absence.
And Bartomeu claimed Barca's start to the season was reason for the club's members to reject a vote of no confidence motion against him launched by a former presidential candidate Augusti Benedito. All eyes will be on Argentine forward Paulo Dybala who has been compared to compatriot Messi. "From what we can see from outside is that he's still trying to improve, he's someone who can make the difference", Ter Stegen told reporters on Monday.
Messi may have waited more than a decade to score past the legendary Italian 'keeper, but he didn't have to wait too much longer for his second goal.
"It is a privilege to have him as a teammate and for sure I can learn a lot from him".
"He has the qualities of a player at the highest level".
Barcelona's humiliating loss against Juventus in last season's UEFA Champions League is fresh in the memory of the supporters, as well as, the players. I'm very happy to wear an important shirt like the number 10.
"He's not isolated in any area of the park, he's everywhere".
Messi now has 96 goals and 25 assists from 116 appearances in the Champions League. Group D isn't playing around with Barcelona, Juventus, Sporting, and Olympiacos.
Dybala's agent Mino Raiola, however, has other ideas. Real Madrid will be facing APOEL at Bernabeu tomorrow on September 13.
Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible.
"The lads had a good game, but when you have chances here, you've got to take them".