It was a wonderful night in Turin for Barcelona as the Catalans recorded a 2-0 victory over Juventus. Ronald Koeman can be happy with the performance but now, their gaze turns back to LaLiga. The papers, however, are still basking in the triumph.
SPORT call the win ‘Imperial‘, suggesting Barcelona dominated the proceedings and fully deserved to win in Italy. Not only that but this was a historic victory for the Azulgranas.
It may be difficult to believe but this was Barcelona’s first ever win over Juventus away from home. Of course, the teams have met on numerous occasions before, such as the Champions League final, but this is their first triumph in Turin.
The papers also say this was a message to everyone else in Europe that Barcelona really do mean business. Koeman is slowly getting his troops in position to compete.
Mundo Deportivo have gone with a rather similar title. They just speak of a brilliant game in Turin, calling it ‘Turinazo‘.
Goals from Ousmane Dembélé and Lionel Messi gave the visitors their historic victory while Pedri also had a brilliant game, even notching the Man of the Match award.
However, there is some bad news as Ronald Araújo had to leave the pitch injured, forcing Barcelona to play Frenkie de Jong in the centre-back position.
Apart from that, it has to be said that Juventus had three goals disallowed as Álvaro Morata was caught offside time and time again. It was an unlucky night for him but a great one for the Catalans.
Next stop – LaLiga.
Dutch legend says Messi and Griezmann are playing like ‘cake bakers’
In an interview with Ziggo Sport, former Dutch footballer, and coach Marco van Basten talked about the grave situation at Barcelona following their 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in gameweek 10 of La Liga.
Van Basten was, like many other football fans who watched the game against Atletico, of the opinion that Marc-Andre Ter Stegen should have never rushed out of his goal in an attempt to make the desperate clearance. He exclaimed, “…he shouldn’t have done that at all. Unbelievable!”
The legendary footballer also talked about the situation at Barcelona surrounding Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, and the controversy stemming from the comments from Griezmann’s uncle about the club captain. He also made sure to speak about their on-pitch performances, which have been nothing extraordinary.
“Messi and Griezmann are playing badly. They’re playing like cake bakers who don’t know what to do.”
Marco van Basten built on this quote about Messi and Griezmann, saying, “Messi is not happy with the situation at Barcelona. And then also that hassle with Griezmann. It is a chaotic mess. We don’t see the fantastic player and person we know.”
Lionel Messi has not been included in the team to face Dynamo Kyiv tonight, and the burden to create and score will fall on the shoulders of Antoine Griezmann, who spoke to the media in length yesterday about his far-from-ideal time at Barcelona.