Ronaldinho says he expects Barcelona to overcome Manchester United and qualify for the Champions League semifinals this week, but claims that Manchester United are still very much in the tie.
Barcelona emerged from the first leg as leaders after a Luke Shaw own goal gave them a 1–0 victory at Old Trafford.
The La Liga giants had chances to increase their lead but failed to take them and will go into Tuesday’s second leg at Camp Nou with a slight advantage.
And ex-Barcelona star Ronaldinho expects Barcelona to progress, but feels the first goal will be crucial.
“The truth is that Barcelona should have finished the game in Manchester—but at just 1–0 Manchester United will still believe that they are in this tie,” he told The Daily Star.
“With the way that Barcelona have been playing and the amount of goals they have been scoring, I do expect them to progress.
“I see them even winning comfortably in Barcelona. It will all be on the first goal.
“If Barcelona score it then it will be a long evening for Manchester United. But if they can score the first goal then it’s going to make the stadium nervous—and you never know what can happen then.”
The week’s other notable quarterfinal will take place at the Etihad Stadium, where Manchester City will try to overturn Tottenham’s 1–0 lead from the first leg.
And while many are expecting an in-form City team to turn the tie around, Ronaldinho believes Tottenham capable of going all the way in the Champions League this season.
“Why can’t Spurs win the Champions League?” he said. “Because they don’t have the history in the competition—or because they have never won it before?
“Every team who has won the Champions League had to win it for the first time once. Their result against Manchester City, who are one of the best teams and have some of the best players in the competition, showed that they can compete with the best.
“At this stage they will believe they can go all the way—and if they play as they can then maybe they will.”
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