Barcelona provided “the best response” to the “turmoil” off the pitch by convincingly beating Juventus in the Champions League, says midfielder Sergi Roberto.
It has been a whirlwind few days for the Spanish giants as they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday before the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu announced his resignation on Tuesday.
However, they made it two wins from two in this season’s Champions League group stage with goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi seeing off a poor Juventus side, who had Merih Demiral sent off late on for picking up a second yellow card.
“The best response we could give to the turmoil at the club is a display like this,” said Roberto.
“Everybody has been talking a lot but the team simply want to win games.”
Dembele opened the scoring when his deflected shot looped over Wojciech Szczesny in the Juventus goal.
Messi then wrapped up the win in stoppage time when he coolly converted a penalty after substitute Ansu Fati had been fouled.
When the draw for the group stage had been made, this fixture caught the eye for the possibility of a Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi reunion for the first time in two years.
However, Ronaldo was left out of the squad after having another test for Covid-19 earlier this week, with the Portugal international self-isolating since a positive test on 13 October.
Without him, Juventus lacked bite and although Alvaro Morata had the ball in the back of the net on three occasions, each one was ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee.
Victory means Barcelona are top of Group G, three points ahead of Juventus and Dynamo Kyiv.
Barcelona have been poor by their own high standards so far this season, having won just two of their first five La Liga games, but there were glimpses of them back to their best in this game.
Their passing was at times slick with Messi unsurprisingly at the heart of the best moments.
The victory should perhaps have been by a greater margin against a Juventus side that offered very little but after a difficult week, Barcelona will take the win as a step in the right direction.
“I’m very content with the football we played, with the result and especially with the character my team showed,” said Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman.
“We created a lot of goal chances and, frankly, I think we should have finished the match off much earlier.”