Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mascherano, Piqué, Umtiti; Rakitić, Busquets, Iniesta, Sergi Roberto; Messi, Luis Suárez, Neymar.
Out: Rafinha (knee), Aleix Vidal (ankle)
Doubtful: Arda Turan (groin), Mascherano (calf), Mathieu (unspecified)
Misses next match if booked: Neymar, Piqué, Rakitić, Suárez
Juventus: Buffon; Dani Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Pjanić, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandžukić; Higuaín.
Out: Pjaca (knee)
Doubtful: Dybala (ankle)
Misses next match if booked: Cuadrado, Mandžukić, Khedira
Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach
My preference wouldn’t have been just a couple of weeks to plan, but a holiday in the Maldives too! This is a little similar to the PSG match but in theory we need to score fewer goals – instead of four, just three to square things. But I think Juve will have their chances, so our objective is to score five.
If we score the first goal early, the Camp Nou atmosphere will draw the second and the third … that’ll come of its own accord. Right now we’ve nothing to lose. There’s only one option: attack, attack, attack. Then, when we relax a little, attack some more.
To the fans I’d say ‘don’t leave in the 80th minute because you’ll miss something, for sure’. This is another night to make history.
Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach
Press conference scheduled for 18:30CET.
Barcelona 3-2 Real Sociedad (Messi 17 37, Alcácer 44; Umtiti og 42, Xabi Prieto 45+1)
Lionel Messi moved on to 498 goals in all competitions for Barcelona during an eventful first half at Camp Nou. Deputising for Neymar, who was serving the first game of a three-match ban, Paco Alcácer marked his fourth Liga start of the campaign with a goal of his own after slick approach play by Messi.
Pescara 0-2 Juventus (Higuaín 22 43)
A much-changed Juve side opened up an eight-point advantage over second-placed Roma, who drew 1-1 against Atalanta, by defeating Serie A’s bottom club. Higuaín’s opener was his 200th goal in European league football. Compatriot Paulo Dybala was substituted early in the second half with an ankle injury.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Reporter’s view: Graham Hunter (@BumperGraham)
Barcelona need to score three unanswered goals. No escaping that arithmetic, but there’s much more in play here. Do they truly believe that they can pull off a second footballing miracle in such a short space of time? And against much more battle-hardened footballers from the exceptionally streetwise environment of Serie A? This group has throbbed with professional pride and competitive edge throughout their recent trophy-laden seasons and they’ll demand of themselves that they lay on a show of defiance in front of a passionate and hopeful Camp Nou. Will it be the high-risk 3-4-3? Can the MSN turn this around? It’s unmissable drama.
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