Two European Giants Meet As Barcelona’s Out-Of-Sort Lionel Messi Capitalizes On Absence Of Ronaldo

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After testing positive for coronavirus, the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi reunion is on hold with Portugal’s captain ruled out of tonight’s Champions League clash in Turin.

Yet their clubs are both badly in need of a win. Under Andrea Pirlo, who has yet to decide on a formation, Juventus have made a stuttering start to life, while Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman needs to rebound quickly from a 3-1 loss by Real Madrid.

The Italians, including Ronaldo, are lacking main defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt, while their opponents are Marc-Andre ter Stegen and the suspended Gerard Pique without the injured goalkeeper. Sportsmail selects a combined XI using fit and available players as the two European heavyweights prepare to go head to head, but with weaker teams than they would like.

Source: Daily Mail

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