They saw what we can do, against PSG - Paul Pogba warns Barcelona on return leg
Written by: Neil Talnikar
The 26-year-old was also questioned regarding his move to Madrid but he refused to respond.
In a somewhat unexpected scenario at the Old Trafford, Manchester United surprised their Champions League quarter-final counterparts Barcelona with a brilliant team display, particularly in the second half. The Catalan club were tipped to thrash the hosts by a huge margin of goals but were allowed to take only one slender goal lead back home.
United’s star midfielder Paul Pogba shared the same view and spoke optimism travelling to Spain for the return leg. “Of course, we saw a team we can beat,” he said.
“If you don’t believe that then you just let them go through. We believe we can beat them. They are Barcelona but we are Manchester United and we play in the Champions League like they do and we can go through, of course.”
Furthermore, the Frenchman went on to mention a similar situation the Red Devils went through earlier in the competition when Paris Saint Germain had won 2-0 against them in the first leg. And then, of course, everyone knows how the English side scored three away goals at the Parisians’ home to complete a thrilling comeback win and progressed towards the next stage of the league.
“Probably Paris will be in their minds for sure because they saw what we can do against PSG.”
Speaking on the strategy that United must use against Barcelona, Pogba said, “We have to avoid giving them chances and be killers in front of goal.”
“We are 1-0 down and now go to the Nou Camp, but we believe chances will come over there. We know we can hurt them as well as they can hurt us.”
Moreover, the 26-year-old once again faced a barrage of questions aiming at his potential move to the Catalans’ arch-rivals Real Madrid next season. However, he refused to speak anything about it, saying, “I only talk about the match, not about other things.”
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, too, was confident that his side will score against the Spanish giants while also asserting that a win at the Camp Nou will be a greater achievement than PSG.
Following a domestic home fixture against West Ham at the weekend, United travel to Spain next week to face Barcelona in the return leg of the Champions League quarter final.
Published: Thu Apr 11, 2019 04:27 PM IST