Ernesto Valverde: 'Fans need to back Barcelona'

Ernesto Valverde: 'Fans need to back Barcelona'

They are also in the Copa del Rey final and face Roma in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Nou Camp on Wednesday as they aim to win all three major trophies again.

17 - Since the start of last season, Lionel Messi has scored 17 goals in 17 Champions League appearances for Barca. Messi and Luis Suarez, both of whom scored in the aforementioned 6-1 rout, have scored 32 goals between them in the first three months of 2018.

Asked in his Pre-match press conference if the 31-year-old's drought will act as an extra incentive, Valverde hit back: "You should be asking me that question in reverse: Is there ever a game when Luis Suarez is not motivated?"

On Saturday, they came back from 2-0 down to snatch a late 2-2 draw at Sevilla.

Barcelona and Roma will meet in European competition for the fifth time.

Messi hopes to add to his 100 Champions League goals.

After the match, Sampaoli said that the choice of opposition was potential suicide - and the risk of an attacking line up with a rooky defence against Spain was always clear.

"Roma have never made it beyond the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League and I expect Barcelona to take a lead back to the Italian capital next week", Owen told BetVictor.

Sampaoli was the third coach in Argentina's deeply troubles qualification campaign.

Roma, playing in the last eight for the first time in a decade, are in form. "I have not thought of any strategy for Iniesta to stay because I do not have to have any strategy".

It wasn't the first time that he had saved the Cules from certain defeat and it definitely won't be the last time.

"Barcelona are very superior".

This, after all, is Messi's last chance to win the World Cup in his prime years. The two-legged tie is expected to have many fireworks as the teams will jostle for a place in the semi-final of the tournament as well as for English supremacy.

Manchester City are best placed to sign one of Barcelona's academy stars, Robert Navarro (15), who turns 16 on April 12 and has received a 'tempting' offer from City.

Mohamed Salah's exploits at Liverpool, which have delivered 37 goals, suggest he can reach the levels of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says Liverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz.

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