Gerard Pique and Ernesto Valverde preview Manchester United v Barcelona

Gerard Pique and Ernesto Valverde preview Manchester United v Barcelona

Pique joined from Barca aged 17 and went from a boy to a man at United, learning a lot on the field and off it before returning to the LaLiga giants in 2008.

Barca start the tie as favourites but United come into the clash buoyed by an impressive comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the last round.

"I remember him as a great team-mate when I arrived here", Pique said.

"In the first leg PSG were the better side, they scored two goals and they could have scored more".

"I think that's gone". In the second half they scored and could have scored more. They have a great history and they showed that in Paris, even with a lot of young lads from the academy. We have to concentrate from the first minute to the last minute of the tie.

Pique, 32, spent his formative years at United under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Barcelona are looking for a first Champions League title since 2014/15, but Gerard Pique has dismissed the notion the players feel extra pressure to lift the trophy after seeing Real Madrid win it in each of the previous three seasons.

"It's something to relish, this season I've been lucky enough to face Ronaldo, Mbappe, they're all challenges I relish and the players relish", Smalling said, per the Telegraph.


"In the Champions League the officiating is more similar to that in LaLiga". Things aren't [going as well at the moment] but I hope they change and quickly they get back on top.

"He knows the game against PSG was not his greatest moment". I lived here on my own and you learn a lot that way.

"It's a special game for me", he explained.

The central defender is aware that the "Red Devils" are on a good spell and have improved since Jose Mourinho left. "He's one of our, of course, big performers and on a big stage", Solskjaer said.

I feel that United's focus has been diverted slightly by talk of a summer clear-out of players. Again, there is no easy option there, so it is definitely going to be the hardest competition for them to win.

"I imagine we will have the ball, but we have to try and control their counters".

"The supporters here are fantastic, regardless of who they are playing". We have to be careful on dead balls, corners, free kicks. "[Luis] Suarez as well and [Philippe] Coutinho and Messi will keep our defenders on their toes, so let's see how we manage tomorrow".

As mentioned, Pogba has tasted one Champions League final to date.

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