The Spanish side Barcelona faced a humiliating UEFA Champions League exit to AS Roma last season. And, the Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde now believes that the squad has already learned a lesson from their past season’s mistakes and will not repeat the same against their this season’s European opponent Lyon.
Barcelona almost secured their birth at the Champions League semi-final as they achieved a 4-1 win in the first leg against AS Roma last season. They then faced a tragic 3-0 defeat against the Italian capital which set them out of the tournament quite unexpectedly. And this year too, they have returned to their knockout round as they will face Lyon tonight.
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The Blaugrana coach believes that they have already learned a lesson and there will be no complacency this time in the UEFA Champions League. However, Barcelona is having a great time at La Liga as they hold the top spot of the Spanish table with 54 points in 24 games, 7-point ahead of Atletico Madrid and 9-point ahead of Real Madrid.
While talking about their previous Champions League experience, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said, “The learning of Rome is that you should not let your guard down,” and then further added, “In the first leg, you need to have a high guard – we will take this into account.” The manager also said, “When we played Roma everyone said they were a weak opponent, which did not help us.”
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He further added, “We are eager to play because we’ve been waiting for the game for a while, and we’re under pressure because we know the enthusiasm of our fans.” However, several football pundits are now talking about few technical issues in Valverde’s tactics for which the coach replied, “Everyone has their own opinion.”
Ernesto Valverde said, “We are a team that clearly plays to attack. I do not have much more to say, we’ll see on Tuesday.” He then talked about Lyon’s talisman Nabil Fekir and said, “I’m not going to deny that he is a player who can decide any game,” and added, “He is crucial to the offensive game of his team. It is an important loss and we will try to take advantage of it.”