Barcelona take on the visitors Manchester United in the second leg of Champions League quarterfinals. The match will be played on Tuesday, April 16th at Camp Nou.
The Catalan team will win La Liga this season, and the lead over the competitors will be quite large. The hosts are the most high scoring team in LaLiga . At the same time, one cannot say that the Catalans at the moment look as strong as it once was under Pepe Guardiola. The positional attacks were then truly daunting, but now the philosophy of the game has changed. Wards of Valverde ball control more than others in La Liga, but if a few years ago they did it in order to have a lot of options to continue the attack, then today it comes down to simply ridding the opponents of control of the ball and not allowing it to attack. Busquets, Rakitic and other central line performers, including expensive newcomers, cannot fully reveal themselves with the Valverde game system. At the same time, the head coach himself says that they are embarrassed to use their attacking potential. At the moment, the whole game of “Barca” depends on Lionel Messi - any player of Barca is looking for him on the field to give the transfer. The Argentinean footballer has always been able to make non-standard decisions, and all hope goes to that. At the moment, “Barcelona” plays according to the principle “attack is the best defense”, and many people don’t like it. As for the performances in the Champions League, so far everything is going very well for the “Barca” - they confidently won the group stage, playing together with PSV, Tottenham and Inter, after which they coped with the “playoffs” Lion ”(5: 1 on the aggregate after two legs).
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Less than a month ago, the Norwegian specialist Solskjaer was appointed Manchester United head coach at the official level - the “interim” prefix disappeared. The Red Devils signed a three-year contract with him. His official appointment was fair, no doubt about it. In the Premier League nobody ever before Solskjaer showed such excellent results when he led the team during the season. The Red Devils winning streak counted 8 matches. The team from Manchester psychologically began to look more confident. In the matches against the leaders of the Premier League, the “Red Devils” began to attack more due to the connections of the wing backs, Pogba moved closer to the attack. At the same time, Solskjaer is sometimes just lucky, because so far MU’s performance isn’t quite delightful. Of course, in the memory of the fans, emotions will live for a long time after the battle with PSG. It would seem that after the home 0-2, there will be no chance in Paris. But the “red devils” managed to snatch victory in the end. Under Mourinho, “MU” could not even reach the quarter-finals, but finally this barrier was passed.
In 2011, the “Barca” and “Red Devils” faced in the Champions League final at Wembley - the match ended with a very confident victory for the Catalans (3: 1). It was their last full-time match, and after that, Manchester United could not even reach the quarterfinals of the tournament. In total, within the framework of the Champions League, the opponents faced one another11 times: Barcelona won 4 times, Manchester United 3 times, and in four games the winner was not determined. In the second game, the game will develop completely differently. "Blue garnet" in native walls will act much more aggressively. Solskjaer tries to act pragmatically against strong opponents, therefore from the “Red Devils” we will at best see only counterattacks. "Barcelona" will establish full control over the ball, will be more hit on goal, so the victory will be for her.
Prediction for the match: Barcelona to win.