Monday September 11 2017
Valverde: ‘Intense game with Juventus’

Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde expects “an intense and important game” against Juventus tomorrow.

The Bianconeri face the Catalan side at Camp Nou tomorrow, having knocked them out 3-0 on aggregate in last season’s quarter-finals.

“We know Juventus are a great team but we’ll try win the game,” Valverde said in his pre-match Press conference.

“Last year they caused us a lot of problems so we need to be careful. I’m expecting an intense and important game between two top sides and with a precious result at stake.

“It will be a very important game, but that’s also true of the league games we’ve played. We’re starting the Champions League with competitive enthusiasm.

“We’re going through a good period, we just won the derby 5-0 but we also have to get three points tomorrow.

“We have to respect every team in this group, and the important thing tomorrow is to get the three points and start our Champions League campaign with a win.

“Who wouldn’t be motivated for a game like this? It’s an exciting and important one.

“I follow Serie A, just as I follow Juventus. It’s true that they lost an important player in [Leonardo] Bonucci this summer, but those who are still there are certainly not inferior.”

Paulo Dybala has started the season in stunning form, with seven goals in four game, and he scored a brace against Barça last season.

“We’ll have to keep an eye on Dybala and all the great Juventus players. Dybala is an important player for Juventus and one of the best in the world.

“It’s the collective of the Bianconeri that worries me though, not just their great individuals.”

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