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Predicted Juventus XI as they face Barcelona in big showdown

Juventus and Barcelona look to clinch top position in their Champions League group in a match that is more about Messi versus Ronaldo.

Juventus visit Camp Nou as they take on Barcelona in their last group stage fixture of the Champions League. The Bianconeri must win by a three-goal margin in Spain to ensure top spot in the group having lost the return fixture by a 2-0 margin. While top spot still hangs in the balance, the match is more about Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi.

Andrea Pirlo has all of his players available for this match, apart from Giorgio Chiellini and Merih Demiral, who are both nursing fitness issues. The biggest difference between the previous clash versus Barca as compared to this one for the Italians is that they have Ronaldo available in the attack and Matthijs de Ligt at the back.

Wojciech Szczesny will keep his place in goal ahead of Gianluigi Buffon on Tuesday evening. A four-man backline will see Danilo and Alex Sandro play as the right and left-backs, respectively. The Brazilians have not been at their best this season but will have to step up. Leonardo Bonucci will join Matthijs de Ligt in the heart of the backline.

Pirlo is likely to play a double pivot in midfield to ensure his side are not outplayed by the 4-2-3-1 formation which will be used by Ronald Koeman. Thus, Weston McKennie is expected to start, as is Arthur Melo, who faces the club he left just a few months ago. Aaron Ramsey will slot into the advanced role and will hold key to getting the better of Barca’s pivots.

Cristiano Ronaldo will feature on the left-wing for Juventus. The Portuguese is in a great run of form and will hope to add to his goal tally versus Barcelona and will be joined by former Real Madrid teammate Alvaro Morata, who will lead the line. Paulo Dybala, who netted twice in 2016/17 for Juve versus Barca will be the right-winger.