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Barcelona whip Juventus as Chelsea demolish Qarabag

Barcelona whip Juventus as Chelsea demolish Qarabag

Despite being outclassed by arch-rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, Barcelona, under new manager Ernesto Valverde, have rebounded with three wins on the trot to once again become the team to beat.

Dembele, who debuted as a substitute in a 5-0 rout of Espanyol on Saturday, showed some of the speed that Barcelona wanted when they signed him, but otherwise had a subdued match.

Dembele's inclusion at the expense of Gerard Deulofeu is Valverde's only change for his first European test as Barca boss. He is faced with a rather long list of injured players at the start of the season; Georgio Chiellini, Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio, Benedikt Howedes and Mario Mandzukic are all out injured, while Juan Cuadrado is suspended.

Dybala also netted twice against Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2016-17, and he boasts numerous attacking qualities that would make him a decent replacement for Brazilian Neymar after his £200 million summer move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Who wins at the Nou Camp may just top the Group and La Blaugrana, topping the La Liga with three wins from three, know securing three points is top priority against the team that knocked them out of Europe last season.

Paulo Dybala was Barca's nemesis last season as his two goals in the Italians' quarter-final win drew comparisons with his worldwide teammate Messi.

United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all cruised to easy wins on Tuesday, scoring 17 goals between them and conceding none.

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The Bianconeri lost out to Barca in the 2015 final, but they gained revenge with a comfortable victory in last season's quarterfinals. A dominant performance definitely won't go unnoticed as the Red Devil's return to the UCL for the first time in two-years.

Having bagged 5 goals in 3 league fixtures, Leo Messi is 8/13 to score anytime and 12/5 to score the first goal. Sergio Busquets will join Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta in midfield and Luis Suarez and Messi continue up front.

Juventus had a big chance to respond right at the start of the second half, but Dybala couldn't match his worldwide teammate's finish and he lifted his shot over the bar.

Lionel Messi's presence in the Barcelona setup has become all the more important after Neymar's departure.

As the Champions League opened with a series of one-sided games, Jose Mourinho was blunt.

"I saw Dembele showing attitude, daring to do things", Valverde said.