Champions League – Barcelona vs Manchester United Inspired Barcelona to the semi-finals
Barcelona saw off Manchester United to reach the Champions League‘s semi-finals as they overcame their quarter-final curse, much to Ernesto Valverde‘s delight.
Lionel Messi scored twice as he ended his own quarter-final drought, and Valverde was understandably pleased with his Argentine.
“Messi always appears,” Valverde said of his No.10.
“Not only in moments, but in the games as a whole.
“He scores but is also the offensive weight of our team.”
Philippe Coutinho scored for the Catalans on the night, then celebrated by putting his fingers in his ears in what appeared to be a message to those who have criticised him.
“I don’t know, I haven’t seen it,” Valverde responded when asked about the gesture.
“I don’t know what it means, so he’ll have to explain it.
“I’m happy with the goal and what he contributed.”
Barcelona impressed at the Camp Nou, and Valverde echoed Messi‘s comments as he expressed his happiness with the performance.
“It’s our way of playing,” he explained.
“Sometimes it’s better and others it’s not as good.
“It was a very complete quarter-final in the first leg and the second. It was a great game after some problems at the beginning.”