Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Barcelona a level above Manchester United, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Phil Jones Phil Jones sports a headband this evening
Cassandra Castillo | 17 April, 2019, 13:33

The Blaugrana haven't lost at home in any competition in six months, and they're yet to taste defeat at Camp Nou in four Champions League games this season.

Messi's magical run came after Red Devils right back Ashley Young failed to clear the ball.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde praised Lionel Messi for settling his side down after a nervy start against Manchester United and inspiring the Catalans to a 3-0 victory to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

According to Manchester United legend and BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand, Messi's performance was revenge against Chris Smalling after getting roughed up by the center back at Old Trafford.

The Spanish side ended up being the comfortable winners of the Champions League quarter-final clash, breezing through on a 4-0 aggregate lead.

"We had to be courageous, we created two or three chances but unfortunately we just didn't have that quality to finish them off".

Messi opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a sublime effort, twisting and turning and leaving United bodies in his wake before picking out the bottom corner from the most slender of angles.

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"We want to get there and we have to get there by hard work and attitude every single day, and of course some clever business we have to do and just keep on going".

They made an enterprising start as Marcus Rashford struck the top of the crossbar in the first few seconds but were thoroughly second best after five-time Ballon d'Or victor Messi opened the scoring after 16 minutes.

He explained: "You can't make errors in these games".

Asked about the challenge of taking on a player like Messi, Alvarez told Cadena Ser radio: "We do some things different".

He added Messi's majestic display underlined why is he regarded as the best player in the world alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. "But the memory of what we did in Paris will live with the players because it's not long ago".

Liverpool, who take a 2-0 lead to Porto on Wednesday, are now the most likely obstacle between them and their first Champions League final since they last won this tournament in 2015.

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