The second leg match in the UEFA Champions League 2020-2021 group stage between Juventus and Barcelona was among the most awaited after the draw. Cristiano Ronaldo had to face Lionel Messi in the group stage for the first time. As both stars have set numerous records in the European competition and in Spain in particular, their face-to-face battle is always one to watch. Login Casino presents a review of the upcoming clash between world football giants.
Positive-tested Ronaldo misses the match against Messi
The UCL 20/21 group draw has satisfied a lot of football fans that have anticipated another Ronaldo against Messi clash, but it will be postponed. Since the Portuguese star has moved from Madrid to Turin, they haven’t met on the football pitch.
Even though the first Ronaldo’s positive COVID-19 test was on October 13, the latest result was also positive. It means that the nearest possible meeting on the field will be possible in the last group stage match when Barcelona hosts the battle. The football world has to wait another couple of weeks before the legendary rivalry takes place.
Injuries and losses before the match
According to the latest sports news, both squads are significantly cut via injuries and other obstacles. Thus, Coutinho, Ter Stegen, and Umtiti miss this match due to diverse injury updates, while Pique has been set off in the previous match and now is disqualified.
Juventus seems to have even more troubles with the squad. Except for Ronaldo, the Turin team will be playing without Chiellini, de Light, and McKennie, who aren’t ready to play. At the same time, another central defender and recent captain, Bonucci, can also miss the clash.
Intrigues and interesting numbers before the game
As both clubs have changed head coaches before the season and have some struggles at the beginning, it is hard to define a favorite of the match. Andrea Pirlo doesn’t look convincing as his team has three draw results and only two wins. Although Ronald Koeman had bigger problems before the season, he showed more impact on Barca’s gameplan. However, it has already led to two defeats, including an emotional loss on Camp Nou in the Clasico last weekend.
An exciting storyline is related to the players that will be playing against their former clubs. Thus, Pjanic and Arthur can face their former teammates on the pitch as both have been traded during the last transfer window. Also, the recent Barcelona’s goalkeeper Neto was some time ago in Juventus.
The Turin team will be playing their 200th game in the UCL and can take the 100th win. Their current streak is 99 wins, 52 draws, and 48 losses. Barcelona is going to continue its unbeaten streak in the UCL group stages, which is now ten matches in a row.
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