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"You usually win the Scudetto with 84-86 points but last term Napoli had 91 - a club record - and still finished second, so our performance that season was extraordinary".

Manchester United is where Barcelona's attention lies and Ernesto Valverde changed his entire starting XI barring Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Add to that the fact that only Marcus Rashford is really in any sort of form from among Utd's attackers and I think "no" on "both teams to score" looks a good bet because the hosts could very easily keep a clean sheet here.

Solskjaer might also draw upon his own experience of the Camp Nou, in 1999, when he scored a 93rd-minute victor as United came from 1-0 down to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the Champions League final.

"I dont mind if we score in the 93rd minute". It was only SPAL's second ever win against Juventus but marked their third successive home victory after they beat Roma and Lazio.

'Those statistics are not bright, we can not defend not scoring goals at home, ' added Solskjaer.

With Messi out of the squad, Barcelona had a tough time against Huesca which included players such as Arturo Vidal, Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho and Malcolm. He played for around 70 minutes the other day and played well. But you have to write your own history.

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The Italy worldwide became the youngest player to score in four consecutive Serie A matches, having scored six in as many games, and played in just eight this season.

"Of course we always want to win, but there were some exceptional circumstances for us here", Valverde told his postmatch news conference. They're far more pragmatic this season and the way I see the game pan out, is that they soak up pressure and try to catch them on the break with their pacy forwards should the situation arise.

Barça were good at restricting United in the first leg as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men failed to register a single shot on target and Valverde is likely to plump for his usual four at the back.

Messi, 31, was left bloodied and bruised after an aerial challenge with the 6ft 3in defender during the Champions League quarter-final.

Reigning Spanish champions Barcelona were on Saturday, April 13, forced to a goalless draw by bottom placed club SD Huesca in La Liga encounter. "I don't know to what extent because he has been out for four weeks", Valverde said.

The previous result against Atletico Madrid [a 2-0 win that all but sowed up the title] allowed us to do that'.

  • Lawrence Cooper