Barcelona into last 16 after Juventus stalemate

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It was a really good game from a tactical perspective and our first 0-0 of the season. I don't think the way we're playing is boring, nor is it not respecting the club's identity.

Juventus goal-scoring star Dybala missed a late chance for a win which would have sealed a last 16 spot but his left-footed effort was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

"We knew losing Neymar would be significant for the team", he added.

"We did have our chances -- it was just a shame about the final ball".

The much-hyped meeting between Dybala, 24, and fellow Argentine global Messi never materialised with the 30-year-old having a cameo role after staring on the bench.

"We've fulfilled our objective with a game to spare, which was important".

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Barca now switch their focus to a top-of-the-table clash with Valencia in La Liga on Monday (AEDT).

It makes sense for Valverde to proceed with an element of caution regarding his best player.

Ernesto Valverde opted to start Blaugrana talisman, Lionel Messi on the bench, but will be content that his gamble paid off as the visitors held firm to seal progress to the last 16, with the Argentine featuring for the majority of the second half.

Valverde said: 'Leaving Messi out was hard, but he has played a lot this season and today we saw a long and tough contest, so we thought a rest would do him good'.

'We thought he could rest and enter the second half when the match opened up more'.

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