UEFA Champions League Starting XI: Juventus vs FC Barcelona

But, despite benching Messi, Barcelona did enough to avoid a repeat of that fiasco. The magician has carried the club on his shoulders for nearly a decade now.

The Argentine's future is still undecided, with his current deal expiring in June 2018.

"We are not sure (if he has signed) as the Barca president said (he has)".

The Croatian playmaker is confident that Messi will stay at the Camp Nou.

He said: "Leo's part of the club's badge".

Max Allegri's team are clearly under some pressure to win this game and I believe that will mean they adopt an attacking approach on Wednesday.

But the game ended goalless with even Messi's introduction unable to force a victor.


'What I can say is that we're a very united group and determined to do well.

Lionel Messi's contract talks have been going on for months now.

As the clock ticked closer to the final whistle it looked as if both sides had settled for a point, and this notion was confirmed when Juan Cuadrado made way for Claudio Marchisio to sure up Juventus' midfield, and Jordi Alba replaced Iniesta.

But the boss has also urged the club to be discreet in its intentions after in the summer officials made several promises to fans over new signings which they were unable to keep. It doesn't depend on me but I don't want to say that this will be my last season here. Let us know in the comments section below.

As reported by Goal, Xavi spoke of Messi's importance to the club, and stated that he felt Barça would stand more chance of winning league titles with the 30-year-old at the club.

It is all square after the first 45 minutes at the Allianz Stadium where Juventus host Primera Division leaders FC Barcelona in a match that has not had too many goal scoring opportunities but the ones created have belonged to Juventus.


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