Juventus have enjoyed a ideal start to the new Serie A season and continued their solid form on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Chievo at home. There was also an own goal by Maksim Medvedev.
"In football every season is different from the last", said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. His performances have even drawn comparisons with his compatriot and national team captain Lionel Messi.
Bayern Munich, who are in Group B along with PSG, were 3-0 winners over 10-man Anderlecht at the Allianz Arena.
Max Allegri left Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic out of the squad after the duo failed to recover from their respective injuries, whereas Claudio Marchisio, Marko Pjaca and Sami Khedira remain in the infirmary. Juan Cuadrado is suspended. Given the current situation of the team, Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele Rugani, Medhi Benatia and Kwadwo Asamoah are expected to form the back line.
Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi were doing an excellent job of shielding the rearguard until they weren't anymore.
"It's clear that Messi has more experience and is at a different point in his career, but Paulo's growing a lot and maybe Messi's motivating him to improve".
Tiemoue Bakayoko, on as a substitute, scored his first Chelsea goal with the help of a deflection and Batshuayi helped himself to a couple as the visitors wilted. In the past five meets between Barcelona and Juventus, Juventus won two matches, Barcelona won two matches and the other match ended in ad draw.
Barcelona, which opened with 2-0 victories against Real Betis and at Alaves, hosts Juventus in the Champions League before playing at Getafe in the league on Saturday.
The Catalonians were extremely convincing, and they smashed the Italian champion completely avenging the brutal beating in last year's quarter-finals.
Speaking at the press conference ahead of the game, Valverde admitted that Juventus are a great team but they'll try to play with high enthusiasm. And Valverde would not disrespect any of the teams as his side will take all games seriously. With the confidence boosting win they've both had over the weekend, the Catalans have only defeated their Turin counterparts once in the Champions League and that was in the 2015 final.