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No Messi Worries: Barcelona to Play Bayern in UCL Quarters

No Messi Worries: Barcelona to Play Bayern in UCL Quarters Photo: TT
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Barcelona and Napoli

FC Barcelona will play Bayern Munich in the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in the headline tie after both sides progressed to the final eight on Saturday night.

Barcelona reached the quarters for the 13th consecutive season with a 3-1 win over Napoli rounding out a 4-2 aggregate victory, with Clement Lenglet, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez among the goals.

Bayern Munich progressed with a comfortable 7-1 aggregate victory over Chelsea, claiming a 4-1 win at the Allianz Arena, with Robert Lewandowski scoring two goals and setting up two others.

On Friday, Manchester City and Olympique Lyon both progressed and will meet in their quarter-final on August 15.

Barca boss Quique Setien is under pressure to keep his job after the Catalans stumbled in the title race for La Liga to Real Madrid, meaning the continental crown is key to his future.

“This was the first forward step we wanted and now it is to be hoped we play the matches in front of us with the same attitude which we demonstrated here,” Setien said.

“The team played well and we deserved this. All the rivals who are left are strong and there are only complicated matches left.

“It will be tough for us but for Bayern too. They’re a great side but so are we.”

Barca had some worries when Messi went down under a heavy tackle from Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly on the stroke of half-time earning the side a penalty, which the Argentine did not take, instead leaving it to Suarez to fire home.

However, Setien rubbished any injury concerns, with Messi playing out the full 90 minutes.

“Messi? He had some pain, but there shouldn’t be a problem,” he said.

“He was fine. We will analyse it, but there won’t be a problem.”

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer @bensomerford
Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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