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Spain: Barca boss Valverde wary of Liverpool's 15 minute 'steamroller'

Spain, Barcelona
May 01, 2019 at 09:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde and Barca's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic spoke to the press ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool in the Catalan capital on Tuesday.

Valverde highlighted Liverpool's attacking potency and his opposite number Jurgen Klopp's ability to create a team capable of pressing with 'very high rhythm and pace.'

"You can't make any mistakes, you can't switch off: they're a team that can swarm and in 15 minutes they will try to steamroller you. And they often succeed," Valverde said.

For his part, Rakitic praised the power of Lionel Messi in such high-stakes fixtures.

"Messi has four Champions League. I do not think he gets very nervous. You have to understand that Leo goes ahead and we follow him," he said. ""When our captain says something, whatever it is, we must follow the path he sees for his team."

Barcelona will host Liverpool at the Camp Nou on Wednesday at 19:00 GMT with the return leg being played at Anfield on Tuesday, May 7.

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FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde and Barca's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic spoke to the press ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool in the Catalan capital on Tuesday.

Valverde highlighted Liverpool's attacking potency and his opposite number Jurgen Klopp's ability to create a team capable of pressing with 'very high rhythm and pace.'

"You can't make any mistakes, you can't switch off: they're a team that can swarm and in 15 minutes they will try to steamroller you. And they often succeed," Valverde said.

For his part, Rakitic praised the power of Lionel Messi in such high-stakes fixtures.

"Messi has four Champions League. I do not think he gets very nervous. You have to understand that Leo goes ahead and we follow him," he said. ""When our captain says something, whatever it is, we must follow the path he sees for his team."

Barcelona will host Liverpool at the Camp Nou on Wednesday at 19:00 GMT with the return leg being played at Anfield on Tuesday, May 7.

MANDATORY CREDIT: "©UEFA 2019"; NEWS PROGRAMMING ONLY, NO ONLINE STAND-ALONES, NO SOCIAL MEDIA, NO ARCHIVING. OTHER THAN TO EDIT THE MATERIALS FOR THE PURPOSES OF ALTERING THE LENGTH AND/OR INSERTING CREDITS, SUCH MATERIALS MAY NOT BE EDITED, ALTERED, DELETED OR MODIFIED IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER.

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