Barcelona vs Manchester United
Barcelona vs Manchester United: Ernesto Valverde Reveals Barcelona’s Excitement

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde has insisted that his side is not thinking about previous failings in recent years in the UEFA Champions League.

Concise News reports that since winning the tournament in 2015, the Catalan club have not progressed past the quarter-finals stage and were dumped out by AS Roma last season despite taking a considerable advantage into the second leg.

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They now face Manchester United at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, holding on to a 1-0 lead from the first leg at Old Trafford.

“There is no fear, only tremendous excitement,” Valverde says in his pre-match press conference.

“We’re ready to try to go through, knowing that we’re facing a great team.

“We’re both good sides, we have a lot of excitement to try to reach the semi-finals.

“I think that experience [of the Roma loss] serves for something.

“We all know we’re in for a tough game.

“They could go through as well, but we have to do everything possible so that they go out because of us.”

While Barcelona were on the wrong end of a comeback against Roma, the Red Devils produced their own historic comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round.

“We know what they’ve done in the Champions League this year,” Valverde says.

“They’ve won three out of four away games, with some of those wins coming in the last few minutes.

“We have to be aware of this.

“I imagine that they’ll use their most attacking players.”

Some have suggested that, with their 1-0 lead from the first leg, Barcelona will prioritise defending that lead over anything else.

“Evidently, we’ll try not to concede and also try to score,” Valverde says.

“Our priority is scoring, not going out there thinking we have an advantage.

“That’s absurd.”