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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde Admits Champions League Fear Against- Man Utd

Ernesto Valverde

FC BARCELONA  boss Ernesto Valverde, believed  MANCHESTER UNITED have something “special” in the Champions League and Barcelona must be wary of the spirit of ’99 today at (8pm).

United return to the Nou Camp exactly 20 years since their iconic comeback against Bayern Munich in the final in 1999.
On that night, the Red Devils were 1-0 down until the 91st minute, with Teddy Sheringham and then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - now United manager - both scoring in stoppage time for a dramatic triumph.
This evening, the Premier League giants face the Catalan giants also looking to overturn a one-goal first-leg deficit.
Luke Shaw’s first-leg own goal was the difference at Old Trafford last week with United tasked with becoming the first team since 2013 to beat five-time champions Barca on their own turf in the Champions League.
Yet Valverde concedes that despite Barca’s record in this competition, United too boasts a rich European record and will look to evoke memories of their past glory in the Spanish city to help them claim victory.
He said: ”I don't know what the team of United's is going to do.
“But we do know that we have examples of what they have done in the Champions League away from home this season.                                                                                                     

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"Manchester United have a special thing. They won a European Cup in the last few minutes [in 1999] so we have to keep that in mind.”
United became the first team in Champions League history to lose the first leg at home 2-0 and still progress in the previous round as they shocked Paris Saint-Germain.
A stoppage-time penalty helped secure a 3-1 away win in France to go through on away goals against all odds.
And Valverde has acknowledged United’s greatest strength is arguably their character and courage under Solskjaer.
He added: ”We know that our rival can go on the counter attack, so we cannot allow that. 
“What I fear most is the spirit that they have.
"We respect them as a team for what they are and the history they have. You can feel their spirit on the pitch and we expect to see that here."
Despite United’s history at the Nou Camp, Barca have only ever lost to one English team at home in Liverpool.
Their tremendous home record has seen them go 30 games unbeaten in Europe, winning 27 of those.



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