After their far from convincing 1-0 victory at the Old Trafford, the Catalans are back at the Camp Nou and Manchester United face an uphill task to turn the tie around at a place where Barcelona usually don’t like to lose.
It is a stadium full of memories for both Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjær. After all, it was the Camp Nou where the current United boss scored the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the injury time, back in 1999, to claim the Champions League and the European treble. But a lot has changed since then. The Camp Nou is Barcelona’s fortress and the Catalans have not lost a European game at this stadium since 2013, a record of 30 unbeaten games and going.
So before the Red Devils try to climb the metaphorical mountain at the Camp Nou, here is everything you need to know:
When and where to watch the game:
The 2nd leg of the Champions League quarterfinal between Barcelona and Manchester United will kick-off at 12:30 AM IST, on 17th April. Indian fans can watch the game on the Sony Network and sonyliv.com.
After their 1-0 victory in the first leg, the Catalans faced 20th-placed Huesca in La Liga. And with daylight between them and the second-placed Atletico Madrid, Ernesto Valverde rested almost all of his players who started the game against United. The game ended 0-0, but most importantly, the likes of Messi, Saurez, Rakitic, Busquets and Pique will be well rested and ready to go for the huge game on Tuesday night.
Manchester United prepared for the crucial game with a 2-1 victory against West Ham. But the Red Devils were far from their best and had to rely on two penalty goals from Paul Pogba to claim all three points. United’s overall form has been inconsistent to say the least in the past few weeks, with the fairy-tale start to Ole’s tenure now looks like a decade-old story. Since THAT memorable night in Paris, United have lost 4 of their 6 games in all competitions.
Let us clear something up for the Barcelona fans – Leo Messi is fit and raring to go against Manchester United. The Argentine received a serious knock on the face in the first leg but is fit to start on Tuesday night.
Ousmane Dembele is also fit after suffering a hamstring injury last month and the Frenchman also started the game against Huesca on the weekend. Ivan Rakitic and Sergi Roberto are also fit after the duo was out on the weekend with illness and muscle pain, respectiviely. The rest of the senior players, who were given a day off on the weekend, will also be back for the Spanish Champions.
Manchester United will be without Eric Bailly, Ander Herrera, and Antonio Valencia as they are all on the sidelines due to injuries. And the man who scored the only goal of the night in the first leg, although in the wrong net, Luke Shaw, is out with a suspension.