VIDEO: Ernesto Valverde press conference quotes before Barça vs Chelsea

VIDEO: Ernesto Valverde press conference quotes before Barça vs Chelsea

The Barça manager spoke to the media after Sergio Busquets on the eve of the Champions League round of 16 return leg

FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde spoke to the media at Tuesday's Champions League press conference, following midfielder Segio Busquets. Barça hosts Chelsea at Camp Nou on Wednesday night after the teams drew, 1–1, at Stamford Bridge in the February 20 first leg. Here are the highlights of what Valverde had to say:

On the outlook for the game:

“The small details can end up deciding the game. That's what happens when you have such great players out on the field”

“I don't know what might happen tomorrow. They may press us up high, they may attack from out wide. We know that when they sit back, they're very strong and difficult to beat.”

“There is no secret formula other than to keep trying hard and being consistent.”

“It may be a double edged sword, because they have the team with the most counterattacks in the Premier League and we know that they can create a lot of danger that way.”

On the virtues of Chelsea:

“They can create pressure up the field with their tall wingers, above all on goal kicks.”

“Depending on how the game goes, one of the two teams will have to take more risks.”

“I expect an opponent similar to the first leg, with all of the same virtues and all of the same danger they created up there.”

“They can score at any moment.”

“I have no idea what their coach is going to do, but it will surely be based on the scoreboard.”

On what Barça needs to do:

“We have to play our game and focus on what we are doing.”

“You have to win over the fans with good play and effort. They come out to the stadium to help their team win.”

On whether Iniesta will be ready:

“We’ll see today how Iniesta is. Of course, it's a very important game with a lot on the line. But you have to be hundred percent fit. I will speak with him later on.”

On how Leo Messi is feeling after welcoming his third son into the world:

“Messi looks really motivated for this game. The Champions League is especially motivating for the players.”

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