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Valverde warns Barca: “0-0 is a dangerous result for the second leg”

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Manager Ernesto Valverde fears for the consequences of their 0-0 draw at Lyon in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.

The Blaugrana were lacking their usual proficiency in front of goal in France on Tuesday night after failing to break the Lyon defence despite having 25 shots on goal.

While Barcelona did screw up several chances in breaking the deadlock, a large part of the credit had to go to Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes on the night.

The Frenchman produced five brilliant saves with the best of them undoubtedly coming when he sprung high and tipped over Sergio Busquets’ drive in the second-half.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Phillipe Coutinho were all also denied by Lopes at the Groupama Stadium.

After settling for a 0-0 draw, the two sides will next meet on March 13 at Camp Nou for the return leg.

“We are strong at home, but 0-0 is a dangerous result for the second leg,” said Valverde, according to Sport.

“You have to win at home and the fans will have to push us, because everything’s to be decided.

“In terms of our play and our implication from the beginning of the game, the impression is really good, even though we hoped for more because we did enough, but we haven’t won.”

On Lyon’s quality, Valverde said: “They have not lost a game in the Champions League. Plus, it’s not easy to play away from home in this competition. That’s two wins and two draws (away in Europe) this season.”

During the match, Barcelona only managed to get five of their 25 shots on target in France.

“It’s a statistic that says a little about what happened, because you really value is getting in the box, what interests us is creating chances which give us results,” added Valverde.

Next up for the Catalan giants is a trip to Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday afternoon.