Valverde: 'It will be an intense match between two important teams in Europe'

Valverde: 'It will be an intense match between two important teams in Europe'

The Blaugrana coach insisted that the Italians 'are a powerful team' and sees Barça 'ready to face a competition that excites us'

Ernesto Valverde was under no illusions that the debut of FC Barcelona in the 2017/18 Champions League against Juventus "will be an intense match," and he stressed the importance of starting well. "We are ready to face an exciting competition and to start with a win means a lot in such a short league."

Asked if Andrés Iniesta will play on Tuesday night, the Barça coach said his minutes will be managed as the championship advances. "We must not forget what Iniesta is for us, but we must also keep in mind his age and that he plays in a demanding position.”

In relation to their Italian opponents, the Blaugrana coach insisted that "Juventus are a powerful team that distribute the ball well from the back and who try to press high. They have a great coach and great players, all of whom must be taken into account, not just Dybala," he said.

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