Messi's Barcelona out to end quarter-final curse

Florence Fletcher
April 16, 2019

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

"But away from home we have beat Juventus, we beat PSG and now we have to go to Barcelona and win that one".

Barcelona welcome Manchester United to Camp Nou for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final and the Blaugrana boast a formidable home record in the tournament. It's anyone's guess to how they will do so and, in terms of goalscorers or other markets, there's not much there in terms of value bets so I'd rather look at this game. "It's a good sign for Tuesday, as we must be ready and prepare for the potential of extra time too". He added: 'We all draw from old experiences. He is available to play but maybe not for 90 minutes'.

Suarez came very close to breaking his scoreless streak last week at Old Trafford, when his header deflected off Luke Shaw before finding the net for an own-goal by the United defender in the 1-0 victory for Barcelona.

Dembele also saw a shot go just wide, but overall it was a boring game with Huesca unable to seriously challenge Ter Stegen in the Barca goal. Lionel Messi who played the whole 90 minutes against the Red Devils despite a nose injury has been left out of the squad along with midfield maestro Sergio Busquets.

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Replays showed that Smalling got the ball after leaping through the air to intercept it but the Englishman's arm caught Messi in the face.

Even though they're bound to rest players here, Barcelona remain overwhelming favorites, having won the reverse fixture 8-2 back at the start of September. Last time it was 5-0 in Porto and 0-0 at Anfield, this time it was 2-0 in Liverpool and think we may have a similar scoreline this time round. He made an immediate impact, helping the club sweep the league, Copa del Rey and Champions League, scoring seven goals in Europe.

The Barcelona star will miss the clash against Huesca this Saturday.

While Messi has maintained his unique brilliance by reaching the 40-goal mark for a 10th consecutive season, Pique has taken his game to new heights at the age of 32.

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