Ernesto Valverde refuses to underestimate 'very dangerous' Lyon in UCL last-16

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Dec 18, 2018, 09:51 AM(IST)

File photo of Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde. Photograph:( Reuters )

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The coach warned his players of Lyonnais' counter-attack and the French team's ability to pose danger to the opponent should they be offered the space they thrive in.

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde said that his team will need to be well prepared to face a ''very dangerous'' Olympique Lyonnais ahead of their Champions League Round of 16.

He refused to underestimate Lyon that challenged Premier League club Manchester City in the group F.

Lyon defeated EPL champions 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium and draw their home match in UCL group stage.

Valverde said, "We will have to play against Olympique (Lyon) a team that challenged Manchester City the leadership of their group in the Champions League until the very last game."

"They also beat them in Manchester. We have not seen much of them so far, but I think they are very dangerous on the counter-attack. We will have time to study Olympique Lyon," he added.

The coach warned his players of Lyonnais' counter-attack and the French team's ability to pose danger to the opponent should they be offered the space they thrive in.

"When they play with space in the back they could be a very dangerous team. They are very fast and we have to be very careful."

"We will see what happens but we have to be ready," he concluded.

Barcelona is to visit Lyon on February 19 in the first leg, while the second leg is scheduled for March 13.

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