Marotta: Juve received no bid from Barca for Dybala

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

Last season's finalists Juventus will travel to Camp Nou as they face a revamped Barcelona squad.

Barca will welcome the Italian Champions as joint leaders in the Liga Santander after a 5-0 thrashing of local rival Espanyol on Saturday night kept intact their 100 percent league record, but this game will be a stern test of their credentials.

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.

However, the risky 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.

Since Barcelona have been using Messi as a false nine again since the start of the season, perhaps it is more prudent that they opted for Dembele, who can preferably play as a winger and stretch the pitch for the Catalans.

Although Cristiano Ronaldo was the first to reach a century of goals in Europe, it's safe to say that Lionel Messi will be next as he slowly reels him in. After the first half, the guests had three goal advantage, and everything was clear even then. However, they will have to pay close attention to Juventus' talisman Paulo Dybala, who had a major hand in engineering their collapse last season. Both were out to make a statement to their doubters here but Barca took control from the start.

In the 52nd minute Messi hit the post with an absolute screamer and Buffon was lucky to gather and just two minutes later the Argentine is shown a yellow card for dissent. With a towering header from the Rakitic corner, Pique scored the fourth goal, while Ousmane Dembele made his much-awaited Blaugrana debut with just over 20 minutes to play, and the French sensation instantly made his mark by firing a ball across for Suarez to tuck home the fifth.

"Leo scored an extraordinary goal and now luck is going in his favour too".

Juventus probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Buffon - Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani, Alex Sandro - Pjanic, Matuidi - Douglas Costa, Dybala, Sturaro - Higuain.

"I saw Dembele showing attitude, daring to do things", Valverde said.

Premier League champions Chelsea, back in European competition after a one-year absence, inflicted a 6-0 demolition on Qarabag at Stamford Bridge.

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