Premier League legend Alan Shearer is backing Lionel Messi to return Barcelona to the glory of the Champions League this season. Spain’s Barca will face Manchester United in the quarter-finals after beating Lyon 5-1 in the last 16 games.
United made a remarkable performance in Paris last month against PSG and Shearer insists that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team “cannot be written off”. But the former England striker expects Barcelona to progress in the competition and win the trophy for the sixth time in its history.
“You cannot erase Manchester United after the way they fought to beat Paris Saint-Germain,” Shearer told the Sun. “But I think Barcelona will have too much for both games, mainly because of this guy, Lionel Messi.” I think it will be Messi who will make the difference against United and that’s why I think Barca will continue maybe to win. United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserve this attack on Barca for what they did in Paris. But I just think it will be a step too far for them.
“And I think it will be the same for Ajax against Juventus because of Cristiano Ronaldo.” You can already imagine a Juve final against Barca, with two of the greatest footballers we’ve seen, who will face each other again. “But Shearer does not see City achieving this feat, adding,” The quad is still on, which in itself is just staggering, but I still do not think they’ll get away with it. “I see them winning the Premier League and FA Cup.
“But even if they beat the Spurs, I think there is too much quality in the Champions League, especially in Barcelona, with this man, Lionel Messi.” Guardiola said it would be “almost impossible” for Manchester City to win all four competitions that term. “Surviving is a miracle. It’s good to be there, “Guardiola said after City qualified for the FA Cup final.”Nobody did it [won the quad], so why can we do it?” It’s almost impossible to realize everything – that’s the truth. ”
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