Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has warned his players against complacency ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg against Liverpool next Tuesday.
The Spanish champions will take a 3-0 lead to Anfield after Luis Suarez’s first goal in the competition this season preceded a Lionel Messi double.
“They have had very clear opportunities,” Valverde said in his post-match press conference, via Goal.
Valverde said: “It was a match in which they took control of the game at times and it cost us, but we were victorious against a very strong team.
“But this is similar to last year, when we were also three goals ahead against Roma.”
The 55-year-old was of course referring to Barcelona’s exit from Europe last season, when they took a 4-1 lead into the second leg of their quarter-final against the Serie A outfit, only to lose 3-0 in the Italian capital to exit the tournament in humiliating circumstances.
Lionel Messi netted his 600th goal for La Blaugrana with a sensational long-range free kick, and Valverde admitted that his teammates are still amazed by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“We know what Leo is, but he does not stop surprising us,” he added. “He has pushed us to the brink [of the final] but we still have to play the second leg.”