Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman says the Blaugrana and Juventus have “no excuses” and “must qualify” for the Champions League Round of 16.
The Serie A and La Liga giants were drawn together in the group G of the Champions League, with Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencváros.
“We can be satisfied with the draw,” Koeman said in a press conference. “Barcelona and Juventus are the best team in the group.”
“The other teams will be happy to play against Barcelona and Juventus, but we have no excuses, both Juventus and us must qualify.”
Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi will meet for the first time in the last two years. The last time they played one against each other was on May 2018, a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp that saw the Portuguese and the Argentinean star score one each.
Miralem Pjanic and Arthur Melo will face their former clubs after the swap deal completed in the summer with Pjanic swapping the Bianconeri for Barcelona and the Brazilian moving in the opposite direction.
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