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Valverde insists Barca don’t have an advantage over Liverpool

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Ernesto Valverde doubts the changes he will make for Barcelona tonight will give them an edge over Liverpool for their Champions League clash.

Barcelona wrapped up their 26th La Liga title last weekend by defeating Levante 1-0 at Camp Nou with three games to spare.

It leaves Valverde with the welcome benefit of being able to rest his stars for key games like the one coming up next Tuesday at Liverpool for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie.

Barcelona will head over to Anfield with a solid 3-0 aggregate lead and will be able to take a fully-charged squad, unlike Liverpool.

The Reds are currently locked in an intense duel with Manchester City for the Premier League, which is expected to go right down to the wire.

As things stand, Liverpool trail City by a single point and so will likely field their strongest line-up for tonight’s trip to¬†Newcastle United.

Despite confirming he will be making changes, however, Valverde refused to acknowledge Barcelona’s apparent advantage.

“We both have games this weekend. They’re playing for a league title, we’ve won ours already,” said the Blaugrana boss, via Goal.

“When we played at Camp Nou they had had a day extra rest. I don’t think these factors are that important, maybe a slight advantage but it’s no big thing.”

The Catalan giants will head over to 15th-placed Celta Vigo, who are just two points above the drop zone, for a La Liga match tonight.

While they no longer have anything to play for in the league, though, Valverde expects his side to give it everything.

“We prepare for the game like any other, with the intention of adding three points,” he said.

“We come into this game after three weeks with a lot of effort and we are going to make changes because they are necessary. There will be changes and the team will be motivated, that I can guarantee.

“We have a good result for the first leg, but the tie is not closed, we know what Liverpool are capable of, although there will be time to worry about that game.

“I know that this tie will be tough, but you have to focus on Celta.”

The Celta Vigo and Barcelona match will begin at 20:45 (CET).

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