In a hotly-contested rematch from last season’s UCL semifinal, Barcelona welcomed the formidable Juventus to the Nou Camp. As two domestic champions in their own right, this match was shaped out to be a clash of the titans’ affair. In the end, only one titan stood up, resulting in a 3-0 win for Barcelona. The commanding win sends them to the top of Group D, basically already confirming qualification.
Here are the main talking points of Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Juventus.
5Barcelona dominate possession
Pep Guardiola once described ‘tikki-takka’ as a useless philosophy because it suggests passing without direction. Against Juventus, Barcelona showed us how effective it could be when implemented correctly.
Barcelona stayed camped in the final third, as triangles kept being formed between Messi, Suarez, Iniesta & Rakitic. These four relentlessly broke down a weakened Juve defence, shifting them from side to side at will. In the end, Barcelona registered an impressive 64% possession showing how dominant they truly were.