Messi fit for Barcelona as Manchester United attempt another comeback

"It is an unusual week because we come from playing an intense match on Wednesday, when the trip was long, and we have the return on Tuesday". However, in Europe, Barcelona is going to appear under-marked having only one success in the last 7 years, 3 among 10 as Pep Guardiola became in charge in 2008.

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, has admitted that Lionel Messi was left stunned by his treatment at the hands of Manchester United last week.

In heavy rain in Rome, Edin Dzeko scored his first home league goal in almost a year to move Claudio Ranieri's side up to fourth, the final Champions League berth.

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

Messi's not the only Barca player who will have the weekend off ahead of the second leg of their quarterfinal against United at Camp Nou on Tuesday.

Barcelona managed to win the game 1-0 after an own goal from Luke Shaw, but Messi paid the price. Paolo Gozzi had a good game, including after Barzagli went off. Kastanos was struggling a little in the role of mezz'ala, while (Hans) Nicolussi and Mavidi did well.

As for Barcelona, they'll enjoy themselves here more than you'd expect, given it's a tough quarter-final match and my money is on "you know who" being the one doing the damage.

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"It was a hard situation because lots of new people came in, but I knew it's what we had to do today".

The Red Devils are faced with a daunting task to shock the tournament favourites as they look to overturn a 1-0 defeat suffered in the first leg.

As much as Ole Gunner Solskjaer has improved the side, it may take another half a season or so before they're quite ready to take on a side like Barcelona in terms of the Spanish side's brand of football.

"They all got better as the minutes passed". I didn't realise at the time actually that I had caught him like that.

"The plan has not come out, but we have reached the 80th minute alive. If we get to injury-time we are a fit team".

"Of course we always want to win, but there were some exceptional circumstances for us here", Valverde told his postmatch news conference.

They suffered a humiliating exit a year ago by losing 3-0 at AS Roma and coach Valverde came in for serious criticism for not resting players in their game with Leganes three days before their collapse in Italy.

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