Ilaix Moriba’s contract negotiations have stalled and the youngster will remain unavailable for this match. Sergio Aguero has been training with the squad and could make his Barcelona debut against Juventus.Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to training with Juventus and is likely to feature at the Camp Nou. Juventus have a fully-fit squad and will want to be at their best against Barcelona.Pedri, Eric Garcia, and Oscar Mingueza are representing Spain at the Olympics and will be unable to feature in this game. Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are currently recovering from long-term injuries and have been ruled out of this match.
Barcelona, on the other hand, have endured a tumultuous few years and Lionel Messi’s shock departure may well be the knock-out blow. The Blaugrana are reeling at the moment and have a massive statement of intent to make in this fixture. Barcelona have a slight edge over Juventus and have won four games out of a total of 10 matches played between the two teams. Juventus have managed three victories against Barcelona and will want to level the scales in this match.
Barcelona prepare for a start to life after Lionel Messi this weekend as they host Juventus in the Joan Gamper trophy on Sunday. Both teams have impressive players in their ranks and have a point to prove this weekend. Juventus are also in a period of transition at the moment and have been well below their best over the past year. The Bianconeri failed to keep their Serie A crown last season and will need to step up to the plate this year.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in the UEFA Champions League last year and ended in a 3-0 victory for Juventus. Barcelona were dismal on the night and will want to bounce back this weekend.