- Barcelona go into a second leg with Roma with a 4-1 lead from the Camp Nou
- Two own goals, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique put Barcelona in control of the tie
- But boss Ernesto Valverde insisted it is ‘dangerous’ to write Roma off completely
- The two sides contest the quarter-final second leg in Rome on Tuesday night
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde reiterated his belief that overconfidence against Roma in the Champions League is a ‘dangerous’ tactic that could prove his side’s undoing.
The Catalan giants head into Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg with a sizeable advantage having won the first leg 4-1 at the Camp Nou.
But despite a three goal gap between the two sides, Valverde thinks that his side’s biggest weakness will be complacency, should they feel they are already through to the last four.
Ernesto Valverde warned his Barcelona stars not to get complacent in the Champions League
Barcelona face Roma in the quarter-final second leg on Tuesday with a 4-1 first leg advantage
‘They’re going to have even more intensity tomorrow because when you’re playing catch-up, you look to get the first goal and I imagine that will be their aim, so we’ve got to be alert,’ the boss said in his pre-match news conference.
‘I always think we could lose, in the same way I always think we could win. We know that we have plenty of things in our favour in terms of scoring. They’ve got good players, though, and we have to be ready for that.
‘The main error we could make is thinking we’re in the semis already,’ added Valverde, who took exception to the tone of questions he felt suggested Barca progress is a formality.
Two own goals, Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez (pictured) condemned Roma to a heavy defeat
‘We’re certainly not overconfident. Speculating about the result is dangerous.’
Barcelona are looking to end rivals Real Madrid’s run of Champions League successes having seen Los Blancos lift back-to-back European titles.
The Catalans last lifted the trophy in Berlin in 2014-15 following a 3-1 win over Juventus and many believe Valverde can take Barcelona all the way this season with his side appearing back to their best against Europe’s elite.