Barcelona will face Manchester United at Camp Nou Stadium, in Barcelona, in the Champions League Quarter-Finals second leg. Barcelona against Manchester United is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Barcelona plays a great season so far. They are standing at the first place in LaLiga with 9 points difference against nearest chaser. They can fully concentrate to match against Manchester United in Champions League. In the last game against league outsider, Huesca Barcelona played with a strongly rotated squad and have drawn the match with 0:0 result. At home, Catalonians are almost unbeaten and every opponent facing them has a lot of troubles. Ernesto Valverde maybe not the best choice for Barca. However, he proved that his philosophy and tactics are working great and giving results.
After the first leg between these rival, Barca’s squad will be without changes, as all main players are fit and ready to fight. Almost all most important players had a rest, while Manchester United fought with bests in the Premier League for 3 significant points.
Manchester United played a very hard game against West Ham in last round of Premier League. They scored 2 penalties and no goals from the game. In a very tough and hard game, they took 3 important points. The Red Devils continue their patch in Premier League fight for first 4 places and tickets to next year Champions League. In general, they game struggling in the last matches, and again West Ham helped only luck. Most important players will be tired after the last game. However, in 3 days Barcelona will face them on Comp Nou Stadium. Ole Gunnar Solskjær should find a way to confront strongly against favorites and use their chance even after 1st leg lost.
Fortunately, all main squad players are fit and ready to play the most important match of the season. Rashford, Pogba, Lukaku, and others need to get back fully strong and rested to face one of the strongest clubs in the world.
Champions League Play-Offs Quarter-final 1st leg
Even in Old Trafford Stadium, Barcelona controlled the game. Guests had 67% of ball possession, although, they made fewer shots than United. In general, was scored only 1 goal, own goal by Luke Shaw at the beginning of the match. Barcelona made 80 passes, while Manchester 388. Jordi Alba was the man of the match, with lots of dangerous moments in attack and a great game in the defense. In fact, the match was not very interesting. Everything consisted in that Manchester was closed in defense. While Barcelona, as always, played tiki-taka with the ball and tried to approach the opponent’s goal. The whole match passed without particularly sharp and interesting moments.