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Champions League: Chris Smalling lauds Man United physical intensity against Barcelona

Champions League: Chris Smalling lauds Man United physical intensity against Barcelona”

Messi had his nose bloodied when he was hit in the face by United defender Chris Smalling during Barcelona's 1-0 Champions League win at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

It was a first top-flight win over Juventus for Spal which has gone through bankruptcy and been refounded twice - in 2005 and 2012.

Barcelona will be facing Manchester United in the most crucial second leg of Uefa Champions League on Tuesday. The Champions League, though, is likely to prove a lot less straightforward.

Solskjaer saw his team fail to register a shot on target last night as Barcelona comfortably held off their opponents, earning the first-leg advantage thanks to a Shaw own-goal.

Alongside Lionel Messi, the defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets shall also be left out of the squad.

But his team-mates are determined not to deem the tie to be done and dusted.

"And then the victor of City-Tottenham, as we were saying, is an English team that reaches a semi-final and goes to play against Juventus or Ajax so I really used to say this all the time when you get into a semifinal you have 12.5 per cent possibility equally to win the competition".

"We're still very confident".

Ernesto Valverde's men have nearly secured another league title, after they beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 last weekend.

"Obviously I'm gutted that I'm going to miss that game".

Dembele was arguably Barca's biggest threat throughout but this game represented an excellent chance for him to not only prove his match fitness, but also stake his claim for a starting berth against United. However, they've scored in each one of them. We know you have to defend a lot without the ball and you might be exhausted when you get the chance yourself. "It is going to be hard, but we got a good result over there".

If Dembele comes through the game against Huesca unscathed, the Frenchman could be in line to start against United at Camp Nou.



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