Juve-Barça: Messi’s crazy welcome in Turin, Ronaldo won’t play

It’s been a very busy eve of Juventus-Barcelona in Turin. Cristiano Ronaldo still tests positive for Covid while Leo Messi and Barcelona were welcomed at their hotel in Turin by 100 fans not wearing masks.

The day started off early as the Bianconeri trained in the morning at the Continassa with Leonardo Bonucci who didn’t join his teammates for the training session.

Andrea Pirlo said he will evaluate the player’s physical condition tomorrow morning. If the experienced centre-back will miss the game, Danilo will start alongside Merih Demiral at the back tomorrow night.

The Brazilian spoke at a press conference saying that every team would miss Cristiano Ronaldo.

A few hours later, the Old Lady had the final confirmation that their star striker still tests positive for Covid and won’t be eligible to play against his old enemy Leo Messi tomorrow.

The Argentinean arrived at Barcelona’s hotel in Turin city center at around 6.30pm GMT alongside the rest of his teammates, except for Miralem Pjanic and coach Ronald Koeman who were talking at their press conferences at the Allianz Stdium.

Messi and Barcelona were welcomed by 100 fans between 16 and 18-year-old and only a few ones of them were wearing masks.

Italy registered 21.994 cases of Covid today and 221 deaths.

There were only two policemen to keep an eye on the crowd and nobody could came into contact with the Argentinean and his teammates who will face Juventus at the Allianz Stadium tomorrow night.

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Juve-Barça: Messi’s crazy welcome in Turin, Ronaldo still positive

It’s been a very busy eve of Juventus-Barcelona in Turin. Cristiano Ronaldo still tests positive for Covid while Leo Messi and Barcelona were welcomed at their hotel in Turin by 100 fans not wearing masks.

The day started off early as the Bianconeri trained in the morning at the Continassa with Leonardo Bonucci who didn’t join his teammates for the training session.

Andrea Pirlo said he will evaluate the player’s physical condition tomorrow morning. If the experienced centre-back will miss the game, Danilo will start alongside Merih Demiral at the back tomorrow night.

The Brazilian spoke at a press conference saying that every team would miss Cristiano Ronaldo.

A few hours later, the Old Lady had the final confirmation that their star striker still tests positive for Covid and won’t be eligible to play against his old enemy Leo Messi tomorrow.

The Argentinean arrived at Barcelona’s hotel in Turin city center at around 6.30pm GMT alongside the rest of his teammates, except for Miralem Pjanic and coach Ronald Koeman who were talking at their press conferences at the Allianz Stdium.

Messi and Barcelona were welcomed by 100 fans between 16 and 18-year-old and only a few ones of them were wearing masks.

Italy registered 21.994 cases of Covid today and 221 deaths.

There were only two policemen to keep an eye on the crowd and nobody could came into contact with the Argentinean and his teammates who will face Juventus at the Allianz Stadium tomorrow night.

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Report: Ronaldo still has COVID

Cristiano Ronaldo has again tested positive for COVID-19, claim Sky Sport Italia, and therefore misses Juventus v Barcelona on Wednesday.

The Champions League match will kick off tomorrow at 20.00 GMT in Turin.

Ronaldo has been self-isolating since testing positive on October 13, while he was on international duty in Portugal, and returned to Turin on a private flight in accordance with the local authorities.

He was asymptomatic throughout, so all he required to be given the all-clear by UEFA was a negative COVID-19 swab at least 24 hours before kick-off.

There was also the requirement to provide a medical statement of no symptoms at least a week beforehand, which was already provided even though he was still testing positive last week.

However, Sky Sport Italia report this evening that the result of the latest swab was still positive for COVID-19.

The 35-year-old has not played since Portugal’s 0-0 draw with France on October 11.

Many had been looking forward to the revival of his battle with Lionel Messi.

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Reports: Bartomeu resigns at Barcelona

There are multiple reports in Spain that Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu and his Board have resigned, just 24 hours before the game with Juventus.

The Blaugrana squad is already in Turin with coach Ronald Koeman, so the news comes a day before a huge Champions League fixture.

Sport, Mundo Deportivo, Cadena Ser and others all claim Bartomeu and his Board of Directors have resigned.

They were facing a vote of no confidence and Bartomeu had spoken out against the idea of resignation only yesterday.

It’s not clear what happened over the last 24 hours to prompt the change of tune, but it plunges the Catalan club into turmoil.

Bartomeu’s position has been in doubt since his bitter public row with Lionel Messi over the summer, refusing to let the Argentine leave.

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Koeman: ‘Ronaldo not my problem’

Ronald Koeman says he doesn’t know if Cristiano Ronaldo will play tomorrow against Barcelona: ‘It’s not my problem,’ he claims, adding that it is still too early to judge Andrea Pirlo as a coach.

The Catalans face the Old Lady in Champions League after last weekend’s defeat against Real Madrid in La Liga.

“The game against Real was fine for 60 minutes, I respect everybody’s opinion but in the first hour we played very well. I saw a team with ambition, I didn’t see so many problems also during the trainings,” Koeman said at a press conference attended by Football Italia.

“When I talked to the directors [at the beginning of the season], I knew it would be a great challenge for all the changes that are underway. Covid is influencing everybody, it’s a challenge for everybody. There are big changes underway, we need time.”

Both Juventus and Barcelona won their Champions League opening games last week.

“It’s a game between great teams that want to go far ahead in the competition, it will be important to obtain a good result. We should play the football that we like and give our best. We want to create as many scoring opportunities as possible, it will be a high-level match. It’s an important match for everybody, we all want to have the best on the pitch.

“A coach should be taking the team to win on the pitch every game. It’s a different story to focus on the attack without defending. We have to defend but try to dominate the match, we need to feel the players can breakthrough and harm the opponents as much as possible.

“We have many players available with different characteristics, especially in the attacking area. I need to choose players in good shape but there many things to take into consideration.”

Leo Messi will start for Barcelona while Cristiano Ronaldo would miss the game if he still tests positive for Covid-19

“Ronaldo is a great player, I don’t know if he will be allowed to play, it’s not my problem,” Koeman said.

“I have great respect for him, if he can play, I’ll be glad. We’ll do our best to prepare the match in the best possible way.”

Andrea Pirlo is only at his second Champions League game as a coach and Koeman believes it is still to early to judge him.

“I believe it’s obviously easier to comment Pirlo as a player. As a coach, I can’t make any comment, he’s been working as a coach for little time, it’s a great opportunity for him, there must be a reason if he’s been chosen. We are both new in such top clubs we’ll have to deal with some problem and this start of Juventus could be similar to our in the Spanish Liga, both clubs have been going through changes which require time and patience to be able to work but sometimes there is no time in football.

“Juventus are a top club in Europe with experienced players in terms of defence they are very strong despite some important players that will be missing tomorrow.

“They know how to dominate matches with players in attack and [Paulo] Dybala can create troubles, [Alvaro] Morata is always there ready to score, there are also important midfielders that can do a very good match.”

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