Ernesto Valverde wary of Lyon threat after goalless draw at the Groupama Stadium

Submitted on Tue, 03/12/2019 - 10:04

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has said that his team have secured a dangerous 0-0 draw against Lyon ahead of the return leg of their Champions League round of 16. The Blaugrana failed to find an away goal at the Groupama Stadium despite their dominance and they now find themselves in a must-win situation to progress to the quarter-final stage.

Speaking to reporters, Valverde stressed that the Blaugrana are strong with their performances at the Camp Nou but they face a tricky test against Les Gones, given the risk of conceding an away goal, which may enhance the visitors’ qualifying prospects, he said: “We are strong at home, but 0-0 is a dangerous result for the second leg. You have to win at home and the fans will have to push us, because everything’s to be decided.

“In terms of our play and our implication from the beginning of the game, the impression is really good, even though we hoped for more because we did enough, but we haven’t won. They have not lost a game in the Champions League. Plus, it’s not easy to play away from home in this competition. That’s two wins and two draws (away in Europe) this season.”
“Lyon had not kept any clean sheets in the competition until they“ managed to curb the Barcelona threat. They now have the opportunity of replicating the feat on the road and it remains to be seen whether they can find the scoresheet, should this not be the case. The French giants were unbeaten during their three away meetings during the group phase and that included a shock 2-1 triumph “over Manchester City during “the opener.

Meanwhile, Valverde’s team return to league action this weekend against Sevilla on the road and a victory would help them maintain the seven-point gap over Atletico Madrid at the top of the standings. Thereafter, they have a Copa del Rey semi-final second leg at Real Madrid and the tie remains poised for the moment after the 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou.

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