Valverde: Zidane's return to Real Madrid, not a question for me

Mar 17, 2019, 01:01
Valverde: Zidane's return to Real Madrid, not a question for me

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has said he will not put his injured French winger Ousmane Dembele at risk in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

"I believe two English clubs will make it to Madrid and the Premier League will continue to have at least two participants in the semi-finals for the next five years".

" Ronaldo is an extraordinary footballer, but Messi is a genius".

Liverpool go through with a couple of low-scoring wins (perhaps a draw in the away leg) and City will make heavy weather of it but sneak through at Spurs' expense.

Messi and Ronaldo dueled for nine years in the Spanish league before the Portugal forward opted to move to Juventus. The quarterfinal draw is on Friday.

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Juventus, meanwhile, know that they can call upon the services of five-time victor Ronaldo in their ongoing pursuit of a first European Cup win since 1996.

The victor of that tie will host either Ajax or Juventus in the first leg of the semi-finals.

Interestingly, the performances of Messi and Ronaldo in their respective UCL games, further revived the question of 'who is truly the world's greatest footballer of all time?'

Messi counts Juventus as one of the top candidates standing in his way, but it is not alone.

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This will be an open draw, meaning no teams are seeded and clubs from the same national association can be drawn against each other. Liverpool has a lot of firepower like it showed against Bayern (Munich).

A day later, Messi scored twice and provided two assists, as Barcelona hammered Lyon 5-1 at the Nou Camp to qualify.

The victor of Juventus' tie with the Dutch giants will play the victor of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in the last four of the tournament.

Liverpool will host two-time European Cup winners Porto at Anfield in the first leg before heading to the Estadio do Dragao in the return on April 16 or 17.

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