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Back Barca to make a fast start and not look back.

WHEREAS Barcelona's forwards pressed intensely under Pep Guardiola's reign, current coach Luis Enrique has freed them from defensive responsibilities, instead allowing Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar to focus on creating and scoring. Tonight, however, we might see the return of the press.

Italian clubs have often struggled against intense pressure in European competition in recent years, unaccustomed to facing this challenge in Serie A, where teams usually drop back into a deep, disciplined shape.

Juventus have gradually learned to play against this style of play, but it remains a potential weakness - something Luis Enrique should know, having coached Roma in 2011-12.

Andrea Pirlo, in particular, needs time and space to exert his influence, and he might find Suarez dropping back to shut him down.

For that reason, Barcelona should make a fast start - and the Catalans might catch out Juventus in the opening stages.

Therefore, backing Barcelona-Barcelona in the half-time-full-time double result market looks better value at 6-4 compared to their 90-minute odds of 8-13.

COX'S CORKER Barcelona-Barcelona double result 6-4 Betfair, Betfred VVMICHAEL Cox is editor of esteemed tactical analysis website zonalmarking.net

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUSP
Date:Jun 6, 2015
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