Valverde focused on Barca show

16 April 2019 01:35:23 GMTPlus10

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde says his side have no intention of sitting back on the one-goal lead they hold over Manchester United in their Champions League quarter-final.

A Luke Shaw own goal settled the first leg of the tie at Old Trafford, leaving Barca seemingly in control heading into the return at the Nou Camp on Tuesday evening.

We want to win the game, that's our objective.

Ernesto Valverde

However, head coach Valverde is well aware that his side need to perform at their best to progress, especially given that United won 3-1 at PSG in the last round to book their place in the last eight.

He told reporters at his pre-match press briefing: "We don't want them to score, but we'll respect our style of play. We want to win the game, that's our objective.

"I think we are all aware that a tough game awaits. They are a good side and so are we. We've got our eyes on our target, which is progressing to the semi-finals.

"All you can do is concentrate on what you think is good for you to do. We're aware of United's threats and we won't let it become an end-to-end game.

"We know the opposition will want to counter-attack, but we won't let that happen by playing well with the ball and moving the ball quickly."

Valverde also confirmed that Lionel Messi has shaken off a slight knock and will feature, while Ousmane Dembele should also play some part after lasting more than an hour of the goalless draw at Huesca at the weekend.

Barca are 1.071 to reach the semi-finals at the expense of the Red Devils, with a home victory on Tuesday priced at 1.36, while Messi can be backed at 1.50 to score at any time in the game.

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