Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has disclosed the strategy he will deploy to defeat Manchester United at Nou Camp.
United face the Catalan giants on Tuesday night in the Champions League quarter final second leg and will need to stage another impressive comeback after Luke Shaw’s own goal on Wednesday night gave the Catalan giants the edge in the tie.
Valverde are mindful of the potential of the Red Devils in the Champions League. Despite losing to Paris Sain-Germain in the first leg by 2-0, United managed to win 3-1 in Paris last month to advance to the quarter-finals in remarkable circumstances.
But this time around, the Old Trafford club, meanwhile, must overcome a first leg deficit again in the Champions League, albeit only at 1-0 this time, as they face Barcelona away in the second leg of their quarter-final tie.
“We are aware of the potential of Manchester United, and we have to close the spaces so that they don’t have options. If they have space, they are a very strong team”, Valverde said during a pre-match press conference on Monday.
“It’s always fundamental. We know the opposition will want to counter-attack us but we won’t let that happen by playing well with the ball and moving the ball quickly. It’s not a defensive question, it’s more about going forward.
“Man Utd have won two away games in the last few minutes and we must be alert, must play our game and take the game to our opponents.
“We all take reference from what has happened in the past and use it to influence the future. But I’ve seen their games and I’m more about writing our own destiny. Tomorrow we’ll look for our destiny and Manchester United will do that too.
“Arturo Vidal? He’s got a very competitive personality. He’ll play anywhere for you. He’s not started a lot of games but he’s played many coming off the bench. The starting XI and those who come off the bench will be essential tomorrow.”
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