Goalless Barca distracted by thought of United: Vidal

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Smalling would have been public enemy number one with Barcelona fans had he seriously injured Messi, but the 29-year-old claims the clash was an accident.

But Kevin Bonifazi (49) and Sergio Floccari (74) came back with precious goals which eased SPAL's fight for top-flight football next season.

Barcelona's Argentine striker Lionel Messi was injured in their Champions League quarter-final win at Manchester United last night.

Currently, on La Liga table, Barcelona is 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid and 13 points ahead of their archrivals Real Madrid. "We had just played on Wednesday and we have the second leg on Tuesday and I thought this was the moment to make changes", said the Barca coach.

Argentinian Paolo Dybala and Italian youngster Kean started up front in the absence of Ronaldo and with usual strike partner Mario Mandzukic also rested.

Just about because the second part of the bet is that there are less than 2.5 goals in the game.

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Cuadrado and Andrea Barzagli returned from lengthy injury lay-offs with youngsters defender Paolo Gozzi, 17, and midfielder Grigoris Kastanos, 21, given their debuts.

"Those statistics are not bright, we can not defend not scoring goals at home", added Solskjaer.

"That memory from PSG will help the players and us as a team, that we know we can turn things around", coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

Much of the belief that United can overturn the first-leg deficit has centred on the Premier League club's impressive last-16 fightback against Paris Saint-Germain, as well as their famous triumph over Bayern Munich in the 1999 final when now-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored a stoppage-time victor at Camp Nou.

" I needed to see the condition of Juan Cuadrado, who is unfortunately off the Champions League squad list, and also Dybala, whose fitness levels weren't at their best". He rediscovered some enthusiasm today and it wasn't easy for him psychologically of late to have only 20 minutes or so and then get hurt again.

Messi was quickly back on his feet and racing into the heart of the action, but it was another former Liverpool player, Philippe Coutinho, who came closest to extending Barca's advantage before the break with a thunderous low shot that de Gea brilliantly stopped with his feet.