What Barca boss said ahead of CL 2nd leg clash

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Barca boss, Ernesto Valverde has said the Champions League semi-final tie between his side and Liverpool is yet to be decided, despite first leg advantage and the multiple injury rocking the Reds.

Valverde’s side will battle Liverpool in the second leg on Tuesday with the Catalans holding a 3-0 lead from the first leg at the Camp Nou last Wednesday.

Despite being strong favourites to progress to the final, Valverde does not want his side to dwell on their lead.

“The result [of the first leg] does not influence us,” he said during his press conference.

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“We have to approach tomorrow [Tuesday] as if we had not played the first leg.

“Any thought that enters our mind about the first match would be a mistake,” he insisted.

The Reds have been dealt a blow after it was confirmed that Mohamed Salah would miss the encounter at Anfield due to concussion suffered during the weekend against Newcastle.

As well as the Egyptian’s absence, Roberto Firmino will also miss the match through injury, which Valverde believes is disappointing for the neutral.

“They are important players,” he said.

“We want Firmino, Salah and Dembele to recover.

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“It would have been nice to see them on the pitch tomorrow,” Valverde mentioned.

After Barcelona let a 4-1 first-leg lead slip against AS Roma in last season’s competition, Valverde was asked if that experience would have any impact.

“It could happen that, tomorrow, we face a great opponent which surpasses us.

“They are very good and they have lost just one match in the Premier League,” Valverde pointed out.

“The same way we won, they can win,the Barca boss said.

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