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Champions League: Barcelona manager to Messi, I’m expecting big from you ahead of Man Utd tie

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, has said he is expecting big things from Lionel Messi, in Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Manchester United.

The LaLiga leaders head to Old Trafford for the first leg of their quarter-final tie, looking for a result that will keep their treble challenge alive.

Messi has scored 22 Champions League goals against English teams, more than any other player in the history of the competition.

However, he has not managed a single goal in any of his last 11 quarter-final outings.

However, Valverde is confident Messi will be primed to impress against a team he has twice scored against in the final of this competition, in 2009 and 2011.

“Messi is the player he is. I understand that all managers and players look for a way to stop him.

“We know sometimes there are ways to neutralise players. We’ll see if it’s possible. We expect a lot from Leo and he normally delivers,” Valverde told a news conference on Tuesday.

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