Messi fit for Barca as United attempt another comeback

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is now the joint-top goalscorer in the Champions League at Ajax's Johan Cruyff Arena with six goals- level with Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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17 April, 2019

"We played with a lot of youngsters".

The 19-year-old has also broken into the Italy team this year, scoring in back-to-back EURO 2020 qualifiers during March's global break.

The Blaugrana rested the likes of Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez, Arthur Melo, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, and Philippe Coutinho as the huge Champions League clash against Manchester United beckons. "It would've been easy to field the first choice XI today and get the Scudetto but we've had such a remarkable run of results this season that it was more important to focus on the Champions League game coming up", he told Sky Italia.

Reigning Spanish champions Barcelona were on Saturday, April 13, forced to a goalless draw by bottom placed club SD Huesca in La Liga encounter.

Barcelona managed to win the game 1-0 after an own goal from Luke Shaw, but Messi paid the price.

They host Ajax in the second leg of the quarter finals on Tuesday night and even if Barzagli feature in the game, he will still no doubt play a vital part in the dressing room in using his vast experience to help motivate his teammates.

"He didn't play for four weeks but he will be able to participate in this game", Valverde said. Especially winning for seven years, because we still haven't won the eighth title ... but we have to give merit to this team and this club, which made extraordinary things [happen]. He said: 'With just six days between games I knew I had to do something.

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The five-time Ballon d'Or victor returned from a thigh injury during the week to score an away goal in the first leg of their tie with against Ajax, which ended 1-1 on Wednesday. I am attracted to various ideas in the world of football, and I will take the time to decide.

"They all got better as the minutes passed".

"I dont mind if we score in the 93rd minute".

"We are recovering from the bad times".

"It has been hard", said Ter Stegen.

But Solskjaer, who scored the victor when United won the Champions League at the Camp Nou in 1999, believes Barca's prestigious European history makes beating the Spanish champions a different prospect to PSG.

The Barcelona goalkeeper also expressed his respect for his opposite number, David De Gea, who warmed up for the Nou Camp by making a world-class save at the weekend, thwarting Mihail Antonio as the Reds overcame West Ham United 2-1. "If we want to face that we have to show the way we are ourselves".


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