Futbol Club Barcelona or FC Barcelona has an excellent home record in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League.
The Catalans have stayed undefeated in their Camp Nou home stadium in the contest since they were beaten by Bayern Munich six years ago.
In addition, since going out to the Liverpool Football Club in 2007, FC Barcelona has not been defeated at a UEFA Champions League last-16 tie.
However, Ernesto Valverde’s squad has not gone beyond the quarter-finals since four years ago.
Today, FC Barcelona will clash against Olympique Lyonnais in the UEFA Champions League last-16 match.
Valverde’s team must win against the French squad in their home arena in Catalonia in order to progress to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
FC Barcelona has reportedly underperformed in the tilt since their victory in 2015. The team’s members are staying focused through Valverde’s caveat which he issued yesterday.
The team manager warned that his team should not stay complacent and that they should single-mindedly focus on succeeding in today’s game against Olympique Lyonnais.
The wary Valverde advised his squad that, although they are an influential team, they could also suffer the fate of their fellow giants like Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
Last week, these two football behemoths suffered shock exits after their second-leg turnarounds.
Ajax Amsterdam pummeled Real Madrid with the final score of 4-1 at the latter’s home arena, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
In addition, at their Parc des Princes home arena, Paris Saint-Germain was hammered by Manchester United with the final score of 3-1.
Valverde pointed out that his team is not underestimating Olympique Lyonnais.
He said that surprises are possible to happen anytime such as the elimination of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
Therefore, the FC Barcelona head coach guided his team, saying that they need to fully concentrate on their game and to stay on guard.
Being careful will benefit them against Olympique Lyonnais which he described as having “a very strong attack.”
Valverdecautioned that the French team has very agile and robust players which can be leveraged to crush them.
In addition, he said that the Olympique Lyonnais players are aware of how significant it is to obtain an away goal in their match today.
Olympique Lyonnais is on the third spot in Ligue 1. However, the team shockingly defeated Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League group stage which gave it a boost.