Gerard Pique and Umtiti each struggled to get the measure of Roma's frontman, which allowed him almost free reign in offering a platform and lay the foundation for most of the hosts' precise performance.
The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said Monday it has named FC Barcelona's Argentine star Lionel Messi as an ambassador to promote responsible tourism. They last went six without defeat on the road in the competition between March and December in 2005, during which time they won the trophy.
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Their attempt to pull 4-0 back reached as far as 3-0 before Edinson Cavani's goal seemed to have settled the tie.
Jurgen Klopp has beaten Pep Guardiola more times than any other manager, with Tuesday's 2-1 second-leg win taking the tally to seven victories from 13 meetings. He has already won the Carabao Cup with the English club and is on the course of winning the title this season.
Obviously, no one's turning their nose up at a Treble, but it feels especially unique to Barca.
Young footballers at top clubs are seen by many to be too privileged in the modern era, earning vast sums of money while still teenagers and occasionally losing perspective, humility, drive and motivation. Barca have done it twice. "We have the chance to win".
"I've not done either of them so I couldn't possibly know", was his one line response.
"Cristiano is Cristiano, it's always been like that", coach Zinedine Zidane said after Ronaldo opened the scoring against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
Reports in Spain claim that some of Philippe Coutinho's team-mates have been left disappointed with his start at Barcelona.
Instead, Valverde's asking his team to do the talking.
"Manchester City had been considered favourites after they also expressed an interest in the 15-year-old but are understood to have cooled their pursuit in the past week".