Champions League quarter-final: Mourinho speaks on Messi, Ronaldo facing each other

Valverde admitted that his side was "under pressure", to qualify and said that if his side created as many chances as in the first leg, which ended 0-0 they would qualify.

When asked about his goals, Ronaldo said "that's why Juventus signed me".

BARCELONA, March 13 ― Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said they would be extra wary of Olympique Lyonnais in today's Champions League last-16 return after Real Madrid and Paris St Germain suffered shock exits following second-leg turnarounds.

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

Ronaldo won the Champions League trophy with Real Madrid last season and he joined Juventus before the start of this term.

They clearly miss former superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who pitched up on yet another big night to down Atletico Madrid with a hat-trick.

"They beat Dortmund over two legs, who didn't even score a goal".

But now it seems that Valverde has seen enough of the playmaker and Barcelona are planning to offload him during the summer transfer window. "He put the team on his shoulders". "For the eighth year in a row the draw is set up to have a Ronaldo-Messi final", added a fourth.

With the Champions League now down to the final eight, they could be back on the same field soon. The draw takes place on Friday.

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.

"I wouldn't like Juventus against Barcelona because I think it would be something really special Barcelona against Juventus in a possible final or semi-final". But the Brazilian has shown time and again that he is a world class player.

"UEFA has been trying to engineer a Messi vs Ronaldo final for a long time". While the team avoided city rivals United in the draw, it did land Spurs, a club they know very well.

"City should be too strong for Tottenham [Hotspur], Ajax and Juventus".

The Reds overcame Bayern Munich in the last 16 and will be feeling confident heading into a two-legged tie with Porto.

Vanessa Coleman

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