Valverde defends Luis Suarez's poor goalscoring form in Champions League

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The teams will face off Tuesday at OL Stadium in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 series.

"Our recent statistics away from home in the Champions League have not been good".

Lyon's group games produced a total of 23 goals at an average of 3.8 goals a game, which is why we think both teams will score with more than 2.5 goals scored.

Commanding and reassuring from deliveries into the box, and unbeatable when Barca tried their luck on goal, Lopes put in an excellent performance, particularly coming into his own late on with several vital stops - one from Busquets really catching the eye. Les Gones were also victorious over PSG in the league so they are definitely a team capable of upping their game against top opponents.

By the standards of others, Messi was hardly bad, but compared to his usual level, the Argentine flattered to deceive.

After three successive draws, including a 1-1 result at home against Real Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final, Barca returned to winning ways on Saturday with a slender 1-0 triumph over Real Valladolid.

This is the 15th straight year that the Spanish giants have made the knockout round of the Champions League, but they have not won the competition since 2015.

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In a freakish match, MESSI didn't have the best first half but scored a penalty kick while having a good second half but missing a penalty.

And such wastefulness was almost punished, with Lyon no mugs and looking to hit Barcelona on the break whenever they could.

Barca dominated possession early on, but Lyon had the first two shots on target and it took a couple of superb saves from Ter Stegen to deny the hosts, who never came that close again.

The Barcelona striker has lost a half a yard - or perhaps a whole one - during his time in Catalonia, and physically was bested by the Belgian.

Luis Suarez has a very clear personal objective for the match against Lyon tonight: score a goal.

Genesio's counterpart at Barcelona, Ernesto Valverde, will be hoping his players have learned the lessons of last year's shock collapse in the quarter-finals in Rome. Playing against FC Barcelona will be a very hard task but with the match being played in Lyon, the home team will hope to get a result from this fixture.

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