Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Ronaldo Jr dazzles on Juventus debut

Ronaldo Jr dazzles on Juventus debut

"Real Madrid are one of the best teams in the world and they have a great squad [but] it's evident that the absence of Ronaldo makes them less good and makes Juventus [one of the] clear favourites to win the Champions League", Messi told Catalunya Radio. Juventus beat Parma 2-1 on Saturday night, with goals from Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi, and Allegri believes his star forward just needs time to adjust.

'It takes me a few days. "I'm not anxious about it", Messi said about when he retires and needs to be replaced.

"It is necessary because we have had three years where we have gone out in the quarter finals and the last was the worst of the lot due to how it happened", he explained. And perhaps the last one [v Roma] was the worst because of the result we had in our favour from the first leg.

"I didn't know much about Arthur before [he joined], but he's really similar to Xavi", he said.

Juventus got the ideal start when Mandzukic's header from a Juan Cuadrado cross hit Simone Iacoponi and rebounded kindly to the Croatian forward who turned the ball into the empty net. At no moment could we get in the game.

Messi admitted that Barcelona will be looking to improve this season in the Champions League.

"I think of where I am now, in the years that I can continue playing and nothing more".

"I like to win at everything and at times I left my children win". 'I didn't know much about him before and you can't compare but he reminds me a little bit of Xavi's style of play in the way he likes to keep the ball with short passes and not give possession away'.

'I don't think, ' he said.

Fortunately for him and Juve, his barren run is not having an effect on their 100 per cent start to the new Serie A season. We talk about it sometimes with players who have a similar age'.

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