Ernesto Valverde faced the press on Monday to talk all things Manchester United ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against the Red Devils.
The Barcelona boss talked about the fitness of Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele, the threat posed by the visitors and Arturo Vidal.
Here are the best bits:
Valverde on Messi
It’s true that he was dazed during the first leg, but he’s perfectly fine for this game.
Valverde on Dembele
Dembele could start. The players who start the game will be important, as will the players who finish it. Because we have seen how Manchester United finish their games. He is in condition to participate. I don’t know if he is ready to play 90 minutes, but he is ready to take part.
Valverde on Man Utd
We are aware of the potential of Manchester United, and we have to close the spaces so that they don’t have options. If they have space, they are a very strong team. They have won two away games in the last few minutes and we must be alert, must play our game and take the game to our opponent.
Valverde on Arturo Vidal
He’s got a very competitive personality. He’ll play anywhere for you. He’s not started a lot of games but he’s played many coming off the bench. The starting XI and those who come off the bench will be essential tomorrow.