Lionel Messi stopped Paulo Dybala joining Barcelona this summer


Davids, who played for both Juve and Barca, believes the Catalan club will still pose a real threat despite the departure of Neymar.

But in the build up the goal, Dybala did something truly incredible that is testament to his mercurial talents, and why he is considered to be a future Ballon d'Or victor.

In response, he said: "What the boss said is nice but they will still be playing for many years".

Only a complete change of transfer strategy could see a player like Dybala become a Blue.

"No player has reached Messi, Ronaldo. if I want to be at this level I have to keep working hard, improving, it will not be easy".

The 23-year-old appeared to control the ball on his back in the build up to his Argentine compatriot Gonzalo Higuain's goal, even whilst being under pressure from a defender. As of this weekend, Dybala is joint top of the goalscorers chart on five goals alongside Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan. "It could go either way but we'll have to secure qualification to the next round in the three games that come after Tuesday", he said.

Dybala has been on fire since joining Juventus in 2015 from Palermo.

While his talent his unquestionable, the fact remains that Dybala plays in the exact same position as Messi, behind a main striker.

"But one thing is simple".

During their Serie A match against Chievo Verona on Saturday, Juventus shifted from their 4-2-3-1 formation to a 4-3-3 with Miralem Pjanic driving the midfield along with Stefano Sturaro and Blaise Matuidi, who got his first start.

Allegri gave a debut start to summer signing, Brazilian winger Douglas Costa.

For Barcelona, another French new boy, Ousmane Dembele, is expected to step into the Neymar role alongside Messi and Uruguayan Luis Suarez up front, with some hefty names such as Rakotic, Busquets, Iniesta, Pique and Jordi Alba filling their usual midfield and defence roles. Napoli, now joint top with Juventus and Inter, confirmed their good seasonal start with an impressive 3-0 defeat of Bologna on Sunday night. The path to the Olimpiyskiy stadium in Kiev next May is just beginning and already the road is rising with some teams.