Messi On Bench For Juve Showdown

Argentina striker Lionel Messi was named among the Barcelona substitutes for Wednesday’s Champions League group game against Juventus in Turin. Barca coach Ernesto Valverde has … Continue reading Messi On Bench For Juve Showdown


Argentina’s Lionel Messi gestures at the end of the goalless 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Peru in Buenos Aires on October 5, 2017. Eitan ABRAMOVICH / AFP
Argentina’s Lionel Messi gestures at the end of the goalless 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Peru in Buenos Aires on October 5, 2017. Eitan ABRAMOVICH / AFP

Argentina striker Lionel Messi was named among the Barcelona substitutes for Wednesday’s Champions League group game against Juventus in Turin.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde has reportedly elected to rest Messi ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash away to Valencia in La Liga.

The five-time European champions require just a point in Italy to clinch top spot in Group D, while Juventus will also qualify if they avoid defeat and Sporting fail to beat Olympiakos in Lisbon.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri recalled veteran duo Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli after they were left out for Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Sampdoria following Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

But the Serie A champions will be without injured centre-back Giorgio Chiellini.

AFP