The journey to who will conquer Europe at the Wanda Metropolitano come June 1, in the UEFA Champions League continues on Tuesday and Wednesday with the second leg of the quarter-final games.
After the first legs, all eight teams stand the chances of reaching the semi-final. Barcelona, Tottenham recorded 1-0 narrow victories away and home respectively. Liverpool had two goals advantage while Juventus and Ajax shared the spoils at Amsterdam.
Manchester United faces a daunting task when they travel to Spain on Tuesday to play Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final second leg game at the Camp Nou.
Having lost the first by a lone goal at home, in Old Trafford, the Red Devils will be aiming to take the battle to the Blaugrana at Camp Nou and will be buoyed by their round of 16 performance that saw them overturning a two-goal deficit against Paris Saint –Germain to book the quarter-final ticket.
However, Barcelona will not be cowed by what Manchester United did in France as they remain on course to lift all the four titles this season and have never been defeated by their visitors at the Camp Nou.
Both teams were involved in domestic action last weekend as Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde rested most of his key players to gain match fitness ahead of Tuesday’s encounter while his opposite, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, had to play with all his available players due to injury and suspensions.
Barcelona will hope to extend their dominance over Manchester United having won the three meetings between both sides.
United have recorded three victories to Barcelona’s five in their 12 meetings and the last four games at Camp Nou for United has been two loss and two draws but a draw will not be enough for the Red Devils, in this case, no matter the margin.
The only victory United got at Camp Nou was against Bayern Munich in the 1999 final when United’s current manager, Solskjaer came off the bench to score the winner.
Manchester United is heading to Camp Nou fresh from their 2-1 victory against West Ham United on Saturday at Old Trafford courtesy of Paul Pogba’s two goals from the spot.
Barcelona played goalless against Huesca but heir major focus is to win the match on Tuesday evening with some records on the block for them to achieve in the Champions League
Barcelona won both home games in last season’s knockout rounds, and are unbeaten in 12 knockout games at the Camp Nou (W10 D2), since a 3-0 loss to Bayern München in the 2012/13 semi-final second leg.
They will be hoping to extend their unbeaten record in the Champions League to 31 having reached 30 unbeaten records at home against Lyon in the round of 16.
They need four more goals to score 500 in the UEFA Champions League – a milestone reached by just one other club, Real Madrid.
Most especially, they have progressed 36 out of the 38 times they won the away first-leg in UEFA competition, most recently against Arsenal in the 2015/16 round of 16.
Manchester United will be without Luke Shaw who is suspended for the return leg, while Valencia, Darmian, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Alexis Sánchez and Eric Bailly could be summoned to action.
For Barcelona, the players have rested enough and will be roaring for victory with the inclusion of Ousmane Dembele who is now fit to play after he missed the first leg despite being cleared by the medical team.