13 Apr Barcelona news:’Chris Smalling struck Lionel Messi just like a train’ – Ernesto Valverde miserable with Manchester United protector
The Barcelona manager has spoken out on the battle that abandoned Lionel Messi bloodied and bruised in Old Trafford
Lionel Messi might be quieted against Huesca following a struggle by Manchester United defender Chris Smalling was contrasted by Barcelona trainer Ernesto Valverde to being struck by a train.
Messi was left with a swollen eye and a bloody nose after being captured in the face by Smalling’s elbow throughout the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
The Barcelona captain finished the game, which Valverde’s side won 1-0, but he can sit their visit to La Liga strugglers Huesca this weekend.
Attack spouse Luis Suarez, however, ought to be readily available for Saturday’s match despite seeming to be fighting in the final stages at Old Trafford, while Ousmane Dembele is straight back from a torn hamstring.
Smalling, that wasn’t punished throughout the match, said his struggle with Messi was an crash, while former United manager Jose Mourinho said the incident occurred since the protector has”tall arms”.
Valverde, however, said the conflict could lead to Messi being given off the weekend before United’s trip to Camp Nou to the next leg.
“It’s possible that Messi rests, the blow had been powerful, like a train runs you over,” Valverde told reporters on Friday. “I talked with him and it’s a possibility.”
On Suarez, he added:”He is fine, but in the conclusion of the games there are always difficulties which seem, but we view him it was a really intense match, it is normal.
“Tomorrow is significant for [Ousmane] Dembele, maybe not in relation to being significant for the Manchester United game. We will need to actually concentrate on obtaining the three points we all want. I understand focus can turn into games such as ones in Old Trafford but we must keep our mental attention on another match.
Valverde was determined it’s too premature to speak up Barca’s treble opportunities, despite last weekend’s victory over Atletico Madrid offering them an 11-point cushion in La Liga.
His side will also be through to the final of the Copa del Rey, where they’ll confront Valencia, while winning at Old Trafford provides the Catalan club that the edge over United in their bid to lift the Champions League for the first time because 2015.
“I believe last year we were in precisely the exact same position in exactly the exact same point and we won two prizes [La Liga and Copa del Rey],” said Valverde. “But we have not won any at the present time. We will be pleased with you, joyful with two and thrilled when we win .
“Circumstances are what they are, there can be changes but we don’t forget that we’ve 10 points made to become winners. However much we think that it has been won, it isn’t.”
Barca conquer Atleti later Diego Costa was sent off after clashing with game man Jesus Gil Manzano.
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The striker was banned for eight games from the Royal Spanish Football Federation: four to get foul-mouthed remarks made in the direction of the referee and the other four to catching the official arm.
Diego Simeone declared the banning”excess” and Valverde also expressed shock at the scale of Costa’s punishment, and it will be a further blow to Atletico’s already slim hopes of grabbing Barca.
“it is a substantial suspension. I believe that it’s four for a single episode. Four for a second,” Valverde added. “I thought it’d be as something similar occurred with [Gerard] Pique and he also missed four matches. Eight games, I am unsure of the principles but it is a significant suspension”