How Ernesto Valverde's men could line up against Manchester United

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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has warned that Manchester United "have something special at the end of games" ahead of Tuesday's Champions League quarterfinal second leg at Camp Nou.

He retired from global football with Spain past year after 102 appearances, a World Cup title and a European Championship crown.

Juve can still seal the title at home next weekend when they host Fiorentina, or even sooner if Napoli fail to beat Chievo on Sunday.

"It is very hard over the course of a season to always be at the highest level", said Valverde. They're far more pragmatic this season and the way I see the game pan out, is that they soak up pressure and try to catch them on the break with their pacy forwards should the situation arise.

This is Barcelona's first trip to Huesca in their history and the depth in the squad will get them over the finishing line despite not playing their preferred eleven.


"I don't know if they did or if it was Messi who chose to be quiet", he told RT. They have beaten Juventus and Paris Saint Germain in the last minutes so we will have to be at our best.

Asked about Messi's long run without a goal in the Champions League quarter-finals [five years], Valverde added: 'That just means he is closer to scoring in this one'.

Ousmane Dembele's chance of a start there would appear enhanced after he played 67 minutes following his recovery from a hamstring injury.

"There are freak results against Barcelona when you have 10 or 15 per cent possession and they don't win but normally they do win", Solskjaer said.

Kevin-Prince Boateng shot over as Barcelona began to take control, but clear chances were few and far between in the opening half-hour.


Barcelona's medical staff then rushed onto the pitch to Messi's aid to stop the blood-flow.

"We've changed the shape because we had a problem with the full-backs and I didn't want to play Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo today".

How the Reds have really changed (some might say improved) is in how they can play different ways this year and that 0-0 at home to Bayern Munich was a good example of that.

"There is pride and confidence, but if we do not win we are stuffed".


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