Todibo, Wague make Barcelona debuts as Valverde rings changes

Todibo, Wague make Barcelona debuts as Valverde rings changes

Todibo, Wague make Barcelona debuts as Valverde rings changes

Messi was flattened by a physical challenge from Chris Smalling during United's 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford in the first leg of the Champions League quarter final last week.

Messi was bleeding heavily and missed the clash with Huesca on Saturday as Barca coach Valverde made a decision to give him a rest, along with several other first team stars.

Ghana forward Kevin Prince Boateng played his first full game for Barcelona in their goalless draw with Huesca in the La Liga on Saturday.

"We reacted well in the second half but couldn't get the game back on track".

He said: "What I fear the most is the spirit they have". If you give them space, they're quick and efficient.

United lost 2-0 at home to PSG but secured a dramatic 3-1 win in Paris to set up the quarterfinal against Barca.

"That memory from PSG will help the players and us as a team, that we know we can turn things around", coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. Of course wanting to and doing so are two very different things but then again, there's only one Messi.

United have Luke Shaw suspended following a yellow card in the first leg. Ander Herrera remains a doubt, although Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic could return to the matchday squad. So we must be on the ball.

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"United have really quick players". Not because [we are thinking of the second leg against United] but because you always have to think about the next opponent.

"I think all of us who played today, and those who didn't, were thinking about the game on Tuesday".

Massimiliano Allegri's side had needed just a point to claim a 35th Scudetto with a record six games to spare and Napoli a distant second. "We want to show that we're superior".

Barcelona travelled to Huesca to play out a boring draw.

And the Norwegian manager has revealed that the Scotland worldwide was kept fresh ahead of United's Champions League game against Barcelona in midweek. "It's fine to speak about statistics but they focus a lot on the past, not on the future".

'Those that start the game will be important but so will those that finish it, ' said Valverde.

"There's no fear, just tremendous excitement", he added.

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