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Ernesto Valverde says Barcelona can’t afford to be complacent against Lyon

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The club face French opposition in the first knockout round

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Ernesto Valverde says Barcelona can’t afford to be complacent against Lyon on the Champions League last 16.

The Spanish champions have been drawn against Les Gones, a team they possess an unbeaten record against.

However, Valverde says Lyon’s exploits against Manchester City in the group stages show how dangerous an opponent they can be.

“The truth is that I have seen little. I have a general idea, there are some players that we know, but we have to prepare well,” he said.

”It’s a team that was challenging City for leadership of the group until the last game and won at their ground. That shows the difficulty to win any game. Not only for us, but for any team.

”I have the sense they are a very dangerous team in space because they break very well, very fast, and we have to be a little careful.

”We can’t afford to be complacent. We have two months to refine ourselves a bit more, to study the opponents more and get to the tie in good shape.”

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Barcelona will be big favourites to make it through to the quarter-finals. The team were in good form in the group stages with four wins and two draws from six games.