Ernesto Valverde warns Lionel Messi and Barcelona teamates ahead of clash against Manchester United in Champions League

Ernesto Valverde warns Lionel Messi and Barcelona teamates ahead of clash against Manchester United in Champions League

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has warned his players that they face a ‘difficult’ tie against Manchester United in the Champions League and believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ‘never give up’.

United host Barca in the first leg at Old Trafford before traveling to Camp Nou for the return tie next month. Solskjaer’s side reached the quarter-finals after completing a remarkable comeback to dump Paris Saint-Germain out of the competition. And Valverde is not taking United lightly. ‘The tie against United is really difficult,’ said Valverde.

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‘They’re a side with a lot history, they’re in good form and it will be an even and open tie. ‘We’re not favorites. We have to be careful because they never give up.

‘They came back against Paris Saint-Germain. It will be an attractive tie for the public. ‘I don’t think the factor of playing home or away is as decisive as it was before. ‘In the last eight there are four teams that finished second in their group, so played the second legs in the last round away.’

 

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