Minus Lionel Messi, Barcelona held at Huesca

Minus Lionel Messi, Barcelona held at Huesca

It was The Old Lady's second league defeat all season, following their 2-0 away at Genoa in March - when they were also without Ronaldo.

And Mourinho, who was sacked in December by United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, believes it will be tough for United, but they did well to keep Lionel Messi quiet at Old Trafford.

"(Pique) is as committed to the team as he ever has been, but at an incredibly high level", said coach Ernesto Valverde last week.

Despite the draw, Barca are well on course to lift an eighth Spanish league title in 11 years after beating nearest challengers Atletico Madrid 2-0 last week, and Vidal said Tuesday's second leg against United was their priority. "I don't know to what extent because he has been out for four weeks", Valverde said.


Juventus is coming off a 1-1 draw in the first leg of its Champions League quarterfinal matchup with Ajax.

"I don't know if they did or if it was Messi who chose to be quiet", he told RT.

"Those statistics are not bright, we can not defend not scoring goals at home", added Solskjaer.

It took the Englishman just 30 minutes to wipe out Barca's star man on Wednesday night, crashing through the back of him to win the ball.


The second leg will be on April 16 where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side know they will have to score to cancel out Barcelona's away goal.

Dembele also saw a shot go just wide, but overall it was a boring game with Huesca unable to seriously challenge Ter Stegen in the Barca goal.

Barca had already scored the only goal of the game at the time of the challenge, with Messi - generally quiet by his standards - crossing for Luis Suarez, whose header deflected in off United defender Luke Shaw. He did so three times in six games while playing for Liverpool. The player made his debut for the club under former manager Jose Mourinho, who gave the youngster the chance to express himself in the middle of the park.

"If we had put all our regulars in it would have been easier to win it, but there is also the goal to obtain on Tuesday".


Barcelona's medical staff then rushed onto the pitch to Messi's aid to stop the blood-flow.

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