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Barcelona feeling better than in treble year - Alba

Barcelona feeling better than in treble year - Alba

Lionel Messi is expected back for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Roma and for Barcelona his return can not come soon enough.

While City now have the upper hand domestically as they sit 18 points clear of third-placed Liverpool in the Premier League and just one win away from a third title in seven seasons, five-time European champions Liverpool have far more pedigree in continental competition. We want to continue to dream'.

"I'm sure they will give us trouble and we have to play with our fans behind us, which I'm sure will help us".

"I did that a lot in the past with my former teams, but at one point you need to do your own things".

The situation has alerted Man Utd with the Mirror claiming that Mourinho is ready to meet Umtitit's £52.6m release clause as he looks to strengthen his defensive options this summer.

"Man City get to train at Goodison tomorrow morning".

The last time Roma faced Barcelona was in the Champions League group stage in November 2015, with the Catalans registering a thumping 6-1 home win over the Italians.

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However, no opposing coach has beaten Guardiola more in his trophy-laden career than Klopp.

"In these moments I have even better feelings", Alba said.

Realistically, Roma can not expect to keep Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and co scoreless over two full games, and the Italian team would be well advised to avoid falling into the trap of believing that defence is their only priority at Camp Nou for this first leg.

It is hard to quantify Messi's brilliance. Watching him at the weekend, it was clear how much difference there was in the Barca side when Lionel Messi came on. "He makes a difference every time he touches the ball".

Messi hopes to add to his 100 Champions League goals. He was on the bench for Saturday's Spanish league match against Sevilla, but entered in the second half - with Barcelona behind 2-0 - and scored an 89th-minute goal that salvaged a 2-2 draw. Of course Barcelona are something else without the Argentine, we'll have to do our best.

The starting XI is likely to be Marc-Andre Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta; Ousame Dembele, Messi and Suarez.

"Roma have never made it beyond the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League and I expect Barcelona to take a lead back to the Italian capital next week", Owen told BetVictor.


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