Amor: United against Barca will be like two finals

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (R) in action against Rio Ferdinand (L) and Wayne Rooney (back) of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC at Wembley Stadium on May 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Barcelona’s Director of Institutional Relations Guillermo Amor has made it clear the quarter-final showdown between Manchester United and Barcelona will be like two finals.

United were seen as underdogs against PSG in the last round, but they produced a stunning comeback to progress to the next round.

Historically, Man United have the edge over the Catalans in the knockout stages beating them twice in the 1983-84 Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final (3-2) and 1-0 on aggregate in the 2007-08 Champions League semi-final.

While Barca have triumphed against United in the last two finals of the competition. Barca’s defeat to an English team at the Camp Nou has come twice against Liverpool in 1976 and 2007.

And Guillermo Amor has made it clear that the elimination of Real Madrid and PSG shows there aren’t any easy matches.

“What happened to Real Madrid and PSG shows there are no easy matches,” Amor explained via Marca.

“The English team are a good team, and one of the best in Europe. We’re happy with the draw and are optimistic of progressing.”


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But Amor doesn’t feel that playing away from the Camp Nou first will have any impact.

“It doesn’t guarantee anything,” Amor admitted.

“It will be two finals, and everything will depend on us playing well in both games.

“We’ll try to get a positive result there.”

Ernesto Valverde will be aiming to do better than last season’s stunning defeat to Roma by progressing to the knockout stages.


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