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Don't leave United alive in the tie, Pique warns Barca

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Don't leave United alive in the tie, Pique warns Barca

Former Manchester United player Gerard Pique warns his Barcelona team mates to take their chances if any come their way during their Champions League visit to Old Trafford.

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Don't leave United alive in the tie, Pique warns Barca

SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 9, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BARCELONA DEFENDER, GERARD PIQUE, SAYING: "You cannot leave Manchester United alive.

If you can beat them scoring a lot of goals you have to do it because they have a great team, a great history and they have showed it in the second leg at Paris (St.

Germain) that even though they played with a lot of young lads coming from the academy they won and they qualify in the last minute with a pen." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA COACH, ERNESTO VALVERDE, SAYING ABOUT UNITED TRYING TO STOP LIONEL MESSI (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION): "I see it in the same way I do.

Messi is the player he is and I understand that all managers and players are looking for a way to stop him.

We know sometimes there are ways to neutralise certain players but tomorrow we'll see if it's possible.

We expect a lot of things from Leo tomorrow and he normally delivers." STORY: Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has urged his side to make sure they do not leave Manchester United room for another heroic comeback in the Champions League when they visit Old Trafford in Wednesday's (April 10) eagerly-awaited quarter-final first leg.

United made history in the last-16 by overturning a 2-0 home defeat against Paris St Germain to win the tie on away goals with a dramatic 3-1 victory in the French capital, underlining the club's reputation for stirring European revivals.

Pique, 32, spent his first years as a professional with United, joining the club aged 17 but returning to Barca in 2008 after failing to hold down a place in the team due to fierce competition from Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

Pique has turned into one of Barcelona's best ever defenders in his 11 years back at his boyhood club and is on course to win an eighth La Liga title with the Catalans, who are also in the Copa del Rey final and have the treble within their sights.

The Barca player also said United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer helped him through difficult times in Manchester when they were team mates, and he praised the former Norway forward for reviving the club's fortunes since succeeding Jose Mourinho in December.

"It was a great experience playing alongside him as I said he helped me a lot and I am very happy to see him now in charge of the club, of Manchester United.

He is doing a great job since he took charge of the team.

They have won a lot of games, they are playing much better and, yeah, tomorrow it will be a tough game and I hope we can win," added Pique.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde also warned his side to beware of United's strength from set-pieces and said he 'expects a lot' from Argentine forward Lionel Messi.

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