By 90Min
September 13, 2017

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde felt his side's victory over the Old Lady was a pivotal step in this season's Champions League campaign, but understands there is still much more to be done in order to secure top spot in Group D. 

He told Barcelona's official website: "There's a lot still to do but it was an important win. It's essential to win games to get the fans on our side."

Valverde single out Lionel Messi for praise following the Argentina captain's Man-of-the-Match performance against Juventus: "Whenever Messi gets the ball you get the feeling that he's going to do something for us."

Messi scored two goals against the Serie A side and referring to the five time Ballon d'Or winner's first goal, the Barcelona manager said: "The  goal just before the break was crucial".

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Finally Ernesto Valverde paid tribute to his opponent's defensive display, despite them conceding three goals: "Juventus defend very well and keep their lines tight so we needed to be patient".

Following this 3-0 victory Barcelona will now be expected to top Group D, despite entering the group from Pot 2 of the Champions League draw. 

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