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FC Barcelona News: 14 March 2019; Ernesto Valverde praises ‘incredible’ Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona v Olympique Lyonnais - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Ernesto Valverde: Leo’s amazing game was incredible | Sport

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was full of praise for Lionel Messi after his team’s 5-1 win over Lyon. He told reporters: “We’re all very focused on the Champions League, Leo as well. The amazing game Leo had today was incredible.”

Messi’s three ‘Panenka’ penalties for Barça | FC Barcelona

Lionel Messi’s Panenka penalty against Lyon was his third for Barcelona. He’s also scored them against Getafe in the 2014/15 season and Villarreal in the 2016/17 campaign.

Luis Suarez says “goals will come” after stellar Lyon showing goes unrewarded | Sport

Luis Suarez is not worried by his lack of goals in the Champions League. He is without a goal in Europe this season but is happy to have helped his side into the quarter-finals with a fine display. He said: “I’m excited to get through, the team’s growing in confidence and into the next round. It’s true that strikers live for goals, but the goals will come.”

Barcelona want Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno | Football Espana

Barcelona are interested in signing striker Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia, according to Mundo Deportivo. The frontman has a release clause of €120 million, but Valencia are understood to be willing to sell for less.

Barca’s Jordi Alba ‘surprised’ by Zidane’s Real Madrid return | AS

Jordi Alba says he was surprised to see Zinedine Zidane return to Real Madrid less than a year after leaving. He explained: “I was surprised by the return of Zidane to Real Madrid. It’s not normal for a coach to return after nine months.”

Genesio: Stopping Messi is impossible when he’s on form | Marca

Lyon boss Bruno Genesio admits stopping an in-form Lionel Messi is pretty much impossible. He said: “A lot of things depended on him and when he plays like that he’s unstoppable. When he’s motivated he’s a genius. He’s one of the best of all time.”

Coutinho: I haven’t been playing well in recent weeks or months | Marca

Philippe Coutinho scored his first goal for Barcelona since January on Wednesday and admitted after the game he has not been playing well for the Catalan giants. He also pledged to get better: “I want to keep improving. I came to Barcelona to do my best. Now I’m thinking about the next match.”

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