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Barcelona Ready For Lyon clash

Barcelona Ready For Lyon clash

Barcelona want to continue their solid home form against Lyon in the Champions League with Philippe Coutinho pushing to start.

The Spanish champions have won all three of their previous meetings in Europe’s elite club competition at the Nou Camp and if that continues on Wednesday, they will progress to the quarter-finals after the sides played out a goalless draw in France.

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Coach Ernesto Valverde will not be drawn as to whether Coutinho will start, the Brazilian has scored eight goals in 39 games for Barca this season, but has been linked with a move to Manchester United as he struggles to land a regular berth.

Valverde said: “How we handle our team internally is a private matter, between us. “There are moments when you need to talk with the player and that are times when you don’t. We hope to see the best of him, of course.”

The match may come too soon for Barca duo Ousmane Dembele (hamstring) and Thomas Vermaelen (thigh) as both have been rated as doubts for the match.

Since the draw at the Groupama Stadium, the Catalan giants have hit form, winning four consecutive games in all competitions including two victories over Real Madrid, opening up a seven-point lead in La Liga. Meanwhile

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