This Wednesday the expected Juventus-Barcelona will be experienced. Both teams will have significant casualties. What will happen to CR7?
The second day of the Champions League has only one question: will Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo meet? The doubt starts because the Portuguese tested positive for coronavirus and his presence in the duel that Juventus and Barcelona will play in Turin this Wednesday at 17 o’clock in Argentina, for Group G.
Since Ronaldo’s dismissal was confirmed while he was with the Portugal National Team, the forward isolated himself at home and did not return to play any match with the team’s shirt. Juve.
UEFA’s protocols stipulate that a footballer who has tested positive for Covid-19 must pass a confinement period of at least 13 days and test negative 24 hours before a match to be able to play it.
Cristiano completed those 13 days and Juventus has already communicated to UEFA its intention to submit him to a new PCR after the Portuguese has tested positive in the two tests previously carried out. East test will be held this Tuesday.
Of course there are other players who will be lost or in doubt for Wednesday’s game in Italy.
In the last game Juventus played against Hellas Verona for Serie A, which ended 1-1, the defender Leonardo Bonucci he had retired with a discomfort in his right thigh. The Italian team confirmed that no injury was found, but will continue to see its evolution.
Giorgio Chiellini, who missed the match against Verona due to muscle discomfort, remains in doubt for the match. These two unknowns endanger the defense of the Juve, that added to the injury of a few months ago of the Dutch Matthijs De Ligt makes them have to look for replacements.
For Barsa it is not all rosy colors either, since the team led by Ronald Koeman started La Liga with the left foot, since it has been three games without victory. The last duel was the defeat by 3 to 1 in the classic of Spain against Real Madrid, the former club of Cristiano Ronaldo.
In addition, he has significant casualties to face the next confrontation. The coach will not be able to count on Gerard Piqué, because he was sent off on the first round of the Champions League, in Barcelona’s 6-1 victory over Ferencvaros.
Philippe Coutinho will not be present either due to injury. “The tests carried out have shown that the first team player Philippe Coutinho has a hamstring injury in his left thigh,” Barcelona confirmed in a statement.
In the Barça’s practices prior to the match, a possible team was thrown, in which Ronald Araujo would enter for Piqué, Sergi Roberto instead of Jordi Alba and Lenglet and Dest would close the defense. In the midfield, there is the doubt between Busquets and Mirale Pjanic to form a “double 5” with Frankie De Jong.
Up front will be Antoine Griezmann along with Ansu Fati and Lionel Messi. The remaining position will be disputed between Pedri, Trincao and Dembélé, according to the Catalan newspaper Sport.
Barcelona’s last clashes against Juventus were in 2017, when they played Group D together and there was a 0-0 and a 3-0 in favor of the Blaugrana team, with two goals from Messi and one from Rakitic.
Now we only have to wait for the official confirmation of the teams to know if there will be a clash of giants in this new edition of the Champions League.