The Italian side - which reached the final in two of the last three seasons - visits Olympiakos in the final round, while Sporting travels to Barcelona.

"I think we can win, especially if the short one [Lionel Messi] does not play".

"He has built up a lot of games and we thought this time he could come on for the second half", said Valverde, as quoted by AS.

Tonight, with Barcelona unbeaten in all competitions this season, Juventus could provide the stiffest test of the season so far. Alaba has twisted his back and Rafinha has a knock to an ankle, sidelining them for a game which Bayern need to win to keep up the pressure on Group B leaders Paris Saint-Germain.Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes will have to re-arrange his defence after resting Alaba and playing Brazilian worldwide Rafinha at left-back in Saturday's 3-0 win at home to Augsburg.

The 33-year-old reportedly injured his left-thigh in Juve's 3-2 defeat to Sampdoria on Sunday and as a result, he will play no part in their highly-anticipated match against the Blaugrana. They have twice dumped out Barcelona and beat Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich en route to the 2016 final.

"We respect Juventus, Roma and all of Italian football".

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"I can not say for certain if he will stay or not as it is his decision and you must respect that, he has earned that right". "Sometimes it's useful to change things but other times it just needs a little patience".

Gerard Deulofeu therefore partners Luis Suarez up front, with Paulinho included in a packed Barca midfield to nullify the Juve threat.

With Giorgio Chiellini ruled out for the hosts, meanwhile, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has been forced to shuffle his defence.

Additionally, we should note that Barcelona want to keep their winning sequence going. Right now they have a greater balance than us. It will be hard, but we must get the result we need.

Lionel Messi has been rested by Barcelona for the Catalans' Champions League clash away to Juventus. "He is a hard player to stop".


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