K.P Boateng plays full throttle as Barcelona draw at Huesca

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Barcelona held back for Manchester United by resting every outfield player possible on Saturday, including Lionel Messi, as La Liga's runaway leaders were held to a goalless draw by Huesca.

The Barca captain - who was uncharacteristically quiet - was struck as Smalling attempted to win the ball ahead of the five-time Ballon d'Or victor midweek in Manchester.

With suspended duo Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez also not available, defender Jean-Clair Todibo and 20-year-old Senegal global Moussa Wague were handed first-team debuts.

With quarter of an hour gone the visitors went even closer as Dembele was found by Puig, but his strike was saved by Roberto Santamaria, who denied Jeison Murillo from the resulting corner.

Malcom came closest to a victor, his shot hitting the post, but Huesca were good value for the draw and could even have snatched victory themselves in the second half.

"It was a hard situation with so many new players but I understood it was what we needed to do today".

"A lot of new people came in, but they understood what they had to do".

"Let me protect myself a little bit; I think every club has a chance..."

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'Of course the PSG performance away gives us hope and belief we can do it, but we know we are playing against probably the favourites for the tournament, ' said Solskjaer.

Despite not being able to break down Huesca, Valverde remained positive.

The same can not be said of Boateng, one of Barcelona's latest and most questioned signings, who's second game for the team was poor to say the least.

Otherwise, they could win their eighth consecutive Scudetto next Saturday at home against Fiorentina.

Huesca coach Francisco felt his side held their own in the face of quality opposition, despite the changes.

Allegri made sweeping changes to the team that draw in Amsterdam, as Paulo Dybala and Moise Kean started in attack, the latter opening the scoring in the 30th minute.

"Obviously, we always want to win but this game came in special circumstances for us".

Bonifazi headed in a corner at the near post four minutes into the second half, and that would still have been enough for Juventus to clinch the title, but Floccari scored the victor in the 74th off Alessandro Murgia's cross.

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