Tonight in the UEFA Champions League, Spanish giants FC Barcelona have a much-awaited fixture coming up, against Manchester United.
It was only last week that the Catalans were powered to a 1-0 win in the first leg of the UCL quarter-finals, thanks to an own-goal from Luke Shaw. The match was held at the Old Trafford, and hence it is Barca’s turn now – to host the Red Devils in the return fixture.
Meanwhile Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is confident his side will not bottle the game. He remembered that French champions Paris Saint Germain, despite having won the first-leg of the round-of-16, got eliminated after suffering a comeback from Manchester United in the second leg, but he said, “We are different from Paris Saint-Germain.”
“We will see that tomorrow, but the good thing is that we play different from PSG,” he added. Ter Stegen was speaking to reporters at the pre-match press conference.
PSG won the first-leg of the round-of-16, held at Old Trafford in February by a score of 2-0. United completed a terrific turnaround a month later, winning 3-1 in the second-leg at Paris, also progressing to the next stage by virtue of scoring more away goals.
“The advantage is small but we know we have to keep the ball, as always, and play as we always do in order to achieve the best result. We have a rival who wants to win, a team who have won important away matches this season and, of course, the advantage we have is not very big but we want to defend it, we want to show that we are superior,” he said.
He was quick to remember Barca’s shocking debacle from last season’s Champions League as well. Barcelona had a comfortable 4-1 lead at the end of the first-leg quarter-final match against AS Roma, but lost 3-0 in the second-leg, thereby getting eliminated in terms of lesser away goals scored.
“We do not want to talk about what happened last year and it was hard but it was in the past – we do not want a repeat again,” he said, before concluding:
“This will be a very difficult match, just as the first leg was – they made life very difficult for us. We will have moments where we will have to defend, just as we did there.”
Quotes via Marca.