FC Barcelona vs Manchester United
Competition/Round: 2018-19 UEFA Champions League, Quarterfinals, Second Leg
First Leg Result: Barcelona 1-0 Manchester United
Barcelona Outs & Doubts: Rafinha, Thomas Vermaelen, Jean-Clair Todibo, Jeison Murillo, Kevin-Prince Boateng
Man United Outs & Doubts: Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia (out)
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 9pm CET, 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Wednesday)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
How to watch on TV: TNT (USA), BT Sport 2 (UK), SuperSport 5 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain), others
How to stream: B/R Live (USA), BT Sport Live (UK), DAZN (Canada), Movistar+ (Spain), others
Following a nice performance from the reserves and a draw against Huesca at the weekend, Barcelona return to action on Tuesday when they welcome Manchester United to Camp Nou for the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal matchup. The Blaugrana won the first leg 1-0 at Old Trafford in what was the most unwatchable and terrible game of the season, so their goal on Tuesday is not only qualifying for the semifinal, but putting on a better performance.
This has been the sentiment from every Barça player who spoke after the game and also manager Ernesto Valverde in his pre-match press conference, so the early signs are encouraging. Also encouraging is the fact that Barça were fantastic in the first 15 minutes in Manchester and eventually lost their dominance thanks to a combination of great pressing from United and poor passing from the Blaugrana.
United will press again at Camp Nou since they need at least one goal to have hope in this one, and it’s up to the Barça midfield to perform much better than they did in the first leg and help the Blaugrana beat the press and find themselves in great scoring positions. Lionel Messi is also expected to play better after having a week to recover from Chris Smalling’s completely and utterly accidental arm to the face (wink wink), so the captain will definitely look forward to having a big night.
Barça are favorites here and should not have much trouble confirming their place in the semifinal against a team that is not very good. But that was exactly the scenario in the quarterfinal last season, and we all know what happened. Thankfully this one is at home, and this team looks better and more solid than the one that played in Rome. Hopefully they get the job done.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suárez, Coutinho
Man United (4-3-3): De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Smalling, Young; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Rashford, Lukaku, Martial
So... We’re not gonna do a Roma here, right? Right? RIGHT????????????? Right: 3-0 Barça.