Manchester United fans taunt Lionel Messi by chanting Cristiano Ronaldo's name

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Lionel Messi is fully fit to face Manchester United and ready to end his long drought in the Champions League quarter-finals, according to Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde.

He retired from global football with Spain previous year after 102 appearances, a World Cup title and a European Championship crown.

"We respect what they have done, what they are and the history they have behind them".

"It's possible that Messi rests", the coach said in a news conference before announcing the squad. They're far more pragmatic this season and the way I see the game pan out, is that they soak up pressure and try to catch them on the break with their pacy forwards should the situation arise.

Barcelona will be facing Manchester United in the most crucial second leg of Uefa Champions League on Tuesday. "I think we all take examples of things happening in the past and use them to spur us on", he said.

"We paid a little for our inexperience", said Allegri.

The hosts continued to play on the front foot and were rewarded with 15 minutes remaining when Floccari raced on to a loose ball in the area and swept a finish into the corner.

Suarez came very close to breaking his scoreless streak last week at Old Trafford, when his header deflected off Luke Shaw before finding the net for an own-goal by the United defender in the 1-0 victory for Barcelona.

You'd have to go back three years to find a similar case, but even then the numbers don't compare to this week's.

"Obviously, we always want to win but this game came in special circumstances for us". The player made his debut for the club under former manager Jose Mourinho, who gave the youngster the chance to express himself in the middle of the park. This is 335. These wins have enabled him to capture 7 of the 10 league titles.

But Solskjaer, who scored the victor when United won the Champions League at Camp Nou in 1999, believes Barca's prestigious European history makes beating the Spanish champion a different prospect to PSG.

The Barcelona coach left out his entire first team in the 0-0 draw with Huesca.

Valverde backed his opposite number Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's complaints about the lack of time between games.

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