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Official: Barcelona starting XI vs Juventus — Ronald Araujo starts

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Barcelona have announced their starting XI that will host Juventus in the final gameweek of the UEFA Champions League in a battle to see who tops the group. The biggest takeaway from the lineup is the absence of Martin Braithwaite, who is benched for the first time in four games. The responsibility to lead the line will fall on the shoulders of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

Fransisco Trincao starts on the right-wing for the team, while Pedri has been given his first start in three games replacing the injured Ousmane Dembele. Behind them, Frenkie de Jong starts in the double pivot alongside Miralem Pjanic.

Clement Lenglet has a new partner in the heart of the defence, as Ronald Araujo comes to replace Oscar Mingueza, who will be gutted to miss the game on the back of a silly mistake against Cadiz on the weekend. Jordi Alba and Sergino Dest will provide width from the back, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen picks up the gloves for the Blaugrana.

Barcelona Starting XI: ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Pjanic, de Jong; Trincao, Messi, Pedri; Griezmann

Benching Braithwaite, despite him firing a blank against Cadiz is a huge decision given the amount of space Juventus leave in the centre. Moreover, Griezmann and Messi will have a huge task on their hands as they attempt to balance out their positions in order to attempt any clashes on the pitch. All said and done, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo grace the pitch together once again, the world will be witness to it.

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