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Ernesto Valverde: 'Fans need to back Barcelona'

04 Abril 2018, 03:13 | Cornelio Vivanco

"But I have so many objectives to achieve with Barcelona that there isn't any question of it. Things go very, very, very quickly in this world".

AS Roma will be keen to minimalise damage when it visits Nou Camp for the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal match against Barcelona on Wednesday.

One warrior stands head and shoulders above the rest, meaning Lionel Messi is fit again and expected to start against the Italian side after rising from the bench to rescue Barcelona a point in a 2-2 draw with Sevilla on Saturday.

There are also doubts about Sergio Busquets, a key piece of Barcelona's midfield, who should be in the lineup but is coming off a long layoff because of a broken bone in his foot. Both have been included in Barca's 18-man squad.

The Serie A club is a far third in the Italian top-flight table behind defending champion Juventus and Napoli.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has called for the club's fans to back his players in their Champions League tie with Roma on Wednesday evening.

Coutinho joined La Blaugrana in January following a drawn-out transfer saga, costing the Catalan side £142m. But having said that, they beat Chelsea and Atlético in the group stage.

Krkic is a product of the Barcelona academy; he joined the club when he was nine years old, and was promoted through the club rankings until he joined the first team at 17. "Everything changes when he plays".

"We face it with enthusiasm and a 50 percent chance of winning, just like them".

I Giallorossi settled for a 1-1 tie with Bologna in a domestic match at the Renato Dall'Ara Stadium also on Saturday.

Umtiti raised eyebrows last week by admitting to French broadcaster Canal+ that his relatively modest release clause of 60 million euros ($73.6 million) was attracting "interest" from other European clubs.

Luis Suarez pulled one goal back in the 88th minute before Messi struck from the edge of the box to salvage a draw with seconds remaining. We miss him when he is not playing. We respect Barcelona, but we're aware of our strengths. And they needed two very late goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to even get that. "It will be a totally different match". "He gives us balance", Alba said.

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