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.”
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 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.
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.”
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.”
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.”