Juve received no bid from Barca for Dybala — Marotta

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Things may have been different had his international teammate Dybala not squandered Juve's clearest chance of the night moments after the restart, blazing the ball over the crossbar when he should have at least hit the target after Gerard Pique's interception had fallen kindly for him.

Like Barca, Juve arrived at the game with three wins from three in the domestic league and with their own Argentine Paulo Dybala also in electric form with five goals in three games. Juventus found that out the hard way. When we play against teams of this level we cannot allow ourselves to switch off. That's the difference.

It was a virtuoso display on the back of a hat-trick in Saturday's 5-0 derby triumph against Espanyol, and it left Valverde purring.

"It is always better to face this calibre of game after some victories with good sensations", added Valverde.

Dembele (right) on his Champions League debut for the Catalans.

The Champions League is live at bet365 Sports tonight as the UK sportsbook has posted dozens of odds and betting markets ahead of this match.

The 23-year-old was persistently linked with a move to Camp Nou over the summer following Neymar's departure to Paris Saint-Germain. "It'll be an intense match", said Valverde.

"What I did last year no one expected and now everyone expects that I can do it again", said Dybala.

ON THE CURRENT BARCELONA - "They are very strong, together with Real Madrid are the favorites to win the Champions".

Dybala was one of many names linked with Barca as Neymar's replacement before they splashed out on Dembele.

Barcelona had a tough offseason with the Neymar saga, Lionel Messi's refusal to agree to a new deal, and difficulties in convincing other clubs to sell them the players they wanted.

Claudio Marchisio is making good progress on his knee injury, but the tie will come too soon for him, he'll be back on the 27 of September. Paradoxically, we conceded the first and third goals on counter-attacks when we were trying to go forward. The Juventus defense is the best in the world and it was the reason for Barca's defeat.

Barca are up and running and Messi, well, he's being Messi.