Umtiti Set For Barcelona Return Against Lyon

Umtiti in Barcelona squad to face former club Lyon

Umtiti in Barcelona squad to face former club Lyon

This is the 15th straight year that the Spanish giants have made the knockout round of the Champions League, but they have not won the competition since 2015.

'Nabil Fekir is our captain and technical leader.

This match-up also marks the first meeting of undefeated UCL teams in the knockout stage since the 2007-08 semifinal (Barcelona vs. Manchester United). Two other players to watch are midfielders Tanguy Ndombele and Houssem Aouar, two of the most exciting young talents in Europe who are actually Barcelona transfer targets.

"He is capable of being decisive and often performs very well in these games, but being a team is also about coping with absences and having players who can take his place". I wouldn't be surprised if Lyon got a goal, maybe through Nabil Fekir, but I think Messi will make an impact and Barcelona will win.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde believes away goals could be crucial in determining who will progress to the quarter-finals.

Barcelona and Roma are the only teams to have scored twice within the first 10 minutes in their group games and an early goal should set the Nou Camp side on their way to what should be a straightforward victory over two legs against a side they have beaten four times and drawn twice with in their six previous Champions League meetings.

"When we came into that match [against Roma], I remember everyone telling us they were the best opponents for us, that they were the weakest side, but that did not help us", Valverde told reporters on Monday.

"We aren't going to deny that we had hoped for a different result from the game to bring back because this is risky".

Their recent performances have been patchy, however, with three straight draws preceding Saturday's laboured 1-0 win over Valladolid, secured thanks to a Lionel Messi penalty.

Barça need Suarez to discover his scoring touch, particularly if they are to lift the Champions League.

That includes taking seven points out of a possible nine away from home in the group stage, with Barca notably beating Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 at Wembley in October. "But we're hungry and ready for this game".

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