Juventus sunk to a near-two-decade Champions League low in a defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday, as the Bianconeri saw their mixed start to the season compounded with a humiliating result on home soil against Lionel Messi and Co.

Though their 2-0 loss to the Blaugranna represented their first such result of the campaign, the manner of their capitulation to a visiting side who themselves have been off the pace in the midst of protracted off-field issues will undoubtedly have touched a nerve for the faithful that usually fill Allianz Stadium to the brim.

Having parted ways with Maurizio Sarri following hisunderperformance in his only season in charge in Turin, the magnitude of Pirlo’s task was laid apparent in a game that saw Juve pick up an unwanted record that has laid undisturbed for the better part of this century.

Though they faced some remarkable misfortunes – a hat-trick of offside goals chalked off for Alvaro Morata among them – the club still failed to register a single shot on target across the full game, as Ronald Koeman’s team outplayed them in terms of possession, pass accuracy and attempts on the opposition net.

Shorn of Cristiano Ronaldo they may have been, but Juve’s performance called to mind the spectre of when they last faced Barca on their home turf, almost three years ago in another Champions League group stage clash.

On that occasion, they escaped with a point from a goalless draw, but frequently found themselves penned back with just a shade over a third of the total ball throughout the encounter.

It remained one of the more chastening matches, in particular given that then-head coachErnesto Valverde elected to rest the talismanic Messi for a game that ultimately confirmed their place in the last-16.


Source : goal.com