Valverde wary of United’s comeback ability

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 15: Ernesto Valverde, Manager of Barcelona speaks to the media during a press conference ahead of their second leg in the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final match against Manchester United at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on April 15, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is wary of Manchester United’s ability to stage a comeback despite their 1-0 lead ahead of Tuesday night’s second leg at the Nou Camp.

Solskjaer’s men masterminded one of the most dramatic comebacks in Champions League history becoming the first side to overturn a 2-0 deficit at home against PSG.

With that in mind, Valverde equally referenced United’s famous comeback from 1-0 down in the Champions League final 20 years ago against Bayern Munich.

Ahead of the showdown, the former Athletic Bilbao gaffer gave a preview of the encounter.

“Those that start the game will be important but so will those that finish it,” said Valverde via the Daily Mail.

Matic accepts blame for United’s mauling at Goodison Park

Nemanja Matic disclosed he was the architect of Manchester United's problem in their 4-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday. Solskjaer's speech about the player's...

“Manchester United have something special in the last minutes of games. They have shown it this season and they won a European Cup here showing it.

“We are very wary of the spirit that they have. In this Champions League, they have done well away from home winning three out of four games. They have beaten Juventus and Paris Saint Germain in the last minutes so we will have to be at our best.

“I think the only away game they have not won so far was away to Valencia so the tie is still open.”

There was a caveat to Valverde’s talk of past United glory at the Camp Nou. He added: “We all draw from old experiences. You try to repeat those great nights. But you have to write your own history. You can’t live from what has happened before. We know that and I’m sure they do too.”

Valverde further hinted on their approach to the game at the Nou Camp: “We have scored a goal away from home but we can’t sit on that.

“We will be true to our style but we are also aware of what they have in attack and the game can’t become you attack us, we attack you.”