Valverde warns of task ahead

21 February 2018 03:31:32 EST

Ernesto Valverde has warned his Barcelona players that there is 'still a long way to go' in their Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea.

A 1-1 draw in the first leg at Stamford Bridge appears to give Barca a decent chance of progressing to the quarter-finals, but Valverde is preparing for another tough test when the Blues head to the Camp Nou next month.

How do I see the return leg? There's still a long way to go.

Ernesto Valverde

He told reporters: "They might be happy with the result. They pressed us high and made it difficult for us, but anything can change in the Nou Camp.

"The away goal isn't definitive, but it is important.

"Our performance? It seemed pretty good to me. It's a good result and I think we deserved the 1-1.

"We had to protect ourselves, so we are happy in that sense. How do I see the return leg? There's still a long way to go."

Barca are now 2/9 to reach the Champions League quarter-finals and are 6/1 to win 2-0 in normal time in the Camp Nou, with the hosts 12/1 to claim a 3-1 victory in 90 minutes in the Catalan capital.

Meanwhile, Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta hopes that home advantage will prove crucial in the second leg, while also expecting another sturdy performance from the visitiros.

He told TV3: "I think the home game will be different. Playing in front of our fans and we know our pitch better.

"Still, we know it will be complicated because they'll be going for it. They are one of the best teams in Europe, they have great players and this is the Champions League."

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