Barcelona focus ahead of Champions League tie with Manchester United

Barcelona focus ahead of Champions League tie with Manchester United

We cheered and then we got on with training, but at least we knew who was in front of us.

The last time Guardiola reached the final of Europe's biggest club competition was with Barca in 2011, when Messi was among the scorers to help the Spanish giants beat Manchester United 3-1.

"It was a great experience to train alongside him", Pique remembered.

According to reports £500,000 a week of Barca's ridiculous figure, which works out at £26 million a year, goes to Lionel Messi although he's worth every penny to Valverde's side.

"I think the PSG tie is a great example", Pique said.

Messi has played in 13 Champions League tournaments and during those has faced Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham a combined 30 times.

"They consider the Premier League the same as the Champions League here - if not more important - and since the Ferguson era they've been the biggest team and will keep on being the biggest team. When you come here you see that everything is the same, but I am coming back wearing my favourite shirt and I have great respect for Manchester United", stressed the Barca player.

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United fell 2-0 to PSG, and though they went on to complete a miraculous comeback in Paris, a similar deficit will not be as easily overturned at the Nou Camp. You work so hard to get into those Champions League places and we're working now to get third this season.

Barcelona have not lifted the Champions League since 2015 and for Pique there is no pressure. "We have to be switched on from the first minute until the last".

I think Scott McTominay could do the job.

But regardless of what Solskjaer would like to see happen regarding Pogba's future, the comments of Zidane and the player himself would indicate that a move to Real Madrid could very well be on the cards.

Of the 29 games he has played in La Liga, Messi has failed to contribute a goal or assist on just four occasions, while he has scored 12 league goals in his last eight alone.

Messi gets a goal, Phillipe Coutinho adds a victor and Barca returns to Spain with the heavy advantage.

"W relish the opportunity, but this season we've played against Juventus and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, PSG with [Kylian] Mbappe".