'Messi always gets us out of trouble' - Valverde

Silvia Morton
April 17, 2019

Barcelona's Lionel Messi used a lightning-quick dribble move to get space and score against Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday in Barcelona.

Asked about the challenge of taking on a player like Messi, Alvarez told Cadena Ser radio: "We do some things different".

After that Barca held the beleaguered visitors at bay as they set up a likely last four clash with Liverpool - Philippe Coutinho curled unstoppably past De Gea in the second half to rubberstamp a flawless 3-0 victory as Barca went through 4-0 on aggregate.

After an excellent start, United were undone twice in four minutes by Messi, who first nicked the ball off the careless Ashley Young and then watched as a weak shot from distance squirmed underneath David de Gea. I've said all along this isn't going to change overnight and the next few years are going to be massive for us to get to the level where Barcelona and other teams are at the moment.

Solskjaer admitted in the immediate aftermath of their 3-0 defeat in Barcelona, which sealed a 4-0 quarter-final win on aggregate for the Catalan giants, that he faces a major rebuilding job to re-establish United among the European elite.

Having taken a 1-0 advantage from the first leg in Manchester, Barcelona took command in just 20 minutes in thanks to a brace from their captain, the second of which owed much to a howler from David de Gea.

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"That memory from PSG will help the players and us as a team", said Solskjaer.

The goals ended Messi's freaky scoring drought in Champions League quarter-finals that had reached 12 matches dating back to 2013.

At the most decisive stage of the season, Coutinho has arrived. One of sheer brilliance and the second with some luck.

Messi then flew in and grabbed the loose ball ahead of a sliding Young. Fred and Scott McTominay closed in on Coutinho and the ball spilled out to Messi, whose dribbling shot with his right foot should have drawn a routine save.

Pogba lashed out at the increasingly influential Arthur and Barca could have had a third before half-time, De Gea scrambling across to save on the line when Sergi Roberto should have finished.

In a previous era United were able to attract the world's best talents but, despite their track record of spending big in recent years, that may no longer be the case.

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