Lyon vs Barca: Suárez keen to end unwanted record

Lyon vs Barca: Suárez keen to end unwanted record

That's well over a thousand minutes, sliding over 24 hours as Barcelona drew 0-0 at Lyon on Tuesday in the last 16 first leg.

"We are eager to play because we've been waiting for the game for a while, and we're under pressure because we know the enthusiasm of our fans".

Defender Gerard Pique, however, was more scathing of Barca's performance and warned of the potential consequences of their lacklustre displays.

"I have a lot of respect for Lyon, they beat PSG recently", Busquets said.

Barça has the best team, however, and will be expected to qualify despite all the problems they'll face against a really good Lyon team. Jordi Cruyff believes that his father's former side are focusing on the Champions League this season.

Lyon are dealing with some key injuries, too, and will be hurt most by the suspension of attacking-minded Nabil Fekir. Luis Suárez is yet to score in the tournament, and he's certainly looking to get off the mark in this game and help his team on the road to the quarterfinals. Bruno Genesio's team have picked up their level of play against the bigger clubs in Europe this season. "His is an important absence for Lyon", said Valverde of Fekir.

Lyon continued their top form in Ligue 1 as they won their previous match 2-1.

"In my head my starting line-up is clear, but what the doctors tell me might make me change my mind", the coach added.

"We need to come into these games not with our guard down but with our guard up".

Barcelona is widely considered as one of the favorites to win the competition, but they were not given an easy opponent to start the knockout rounds.

That includes taking seven points out of a possible nine away from home in the group stage, with Barca notably beating Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 at Wembley in October.

Messi was again the match victor, as they beat Real Valladolid 1-0 on Saturday, to open a nine-point gap ahead of rivals Real Madrid.

While a goalless draw away from home isn't the worst result in the world and Barcelona will be confident they can progress at Camp Nou, a draw could suit Lyon.

"Sometimes you can not be brilliant in every game, but I think the team is ready to play at its very best", he said.

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