Juventus prepare for Champions League clash against Barcelona with severely depleted squad

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Juventus have named their squad for the UEFA Champions League group stage meeting with Barcelona on Tuesday.

Massimiliano Allegri’s 2017 runners-up travel to the Camp Nou without Mario Mandzukic, Claudio Marchisio, Giorgio Chiellini, Juan Cuadrado, Sami Khedira and new signing Benedikt Howedes in a less-than convincing squad list.

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Aside from their goalkeeping ranks, Juventus are missing important players in all areas of the pitch.

Medhi Benatia, Andre Barzagli and Daniele Rugani seem the likely trio of defenders should Allegri opt for three central defenders, while Alex Sandro and Mattia De Sciglio will cover the flanks.

Moving up into midfield, Juventus appear nowhere near full strength. Miralem Pjanic is the only Juventus midfielder who started more than 20 games in Serie A last season, though the Bianconeri are boosted through the addition of former PSG man Blaise Matuidi.

Juventus name the quartet of Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa and Federico Bernardeschi in their attacking ranks.

Barcelona will be hopeful of extracting a fraction of revenge on the Italians after last season’s Champions League, where the Serie A winners were able to effectively shut down their attack in a 3-0 aggregate victory in the Quarter-Finals.

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