Judge Barca, Juve at season’s end

Judge Barca, Juve at season’s end
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September 12

BARCELONA: Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde warned against snap judgments on his side and Juventus’ Champions League aspirations despite losing key players in the transfer market.

The sides meet in their competition opener on Tuesday (1845 GMT) in a rematch of a quarterfinal clash won 3-0 on aggregate by Juventus last season.

But Juventus have also seen the team that reached last season’s Champions League final weakened by PSG snapping up Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci’s move to domestic rivals AC Milan.

Juventus are also without the injured Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic, but like Barca, have won all three of their league games to date this season to sit top of the table in Italy.

Valverde could hand a full debut to Dembele after the 105 million-euro Frenchman only came off the bench for the final 20 minutes against Espanyol.

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