Juan Mata Reveals How United Have Been Preparing For The Barcelona Game

Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera during training.

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Juan Mata has revealed how Manchester United are preparing for the Barcelona clash.

The Red Devils are set to host the Catalan giants in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-finals tie on Wednesday, in what will definitely be a classic European night of football.

Barcelona are the clear favourites to proceed to the semis, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are expected to put up a tough fight – more so after their heroic antics against Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round.

Ahead of the encounter at Old Trafford, Juan Mata has shed some light on how his team has been preparing to face Lionel Messi and co. in the gigantic fixture.

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Writing in his weekly blog, the Spaniard revealed (via M.E.N.): “As you can imagine, we are preparing for the game with cool heads, but at the same time we are training with plenty of intensity.

“We sense what the fans are feeling in the days leading up to the game, and we are sure that the atmosphere at Old Trafford on Wednesday will be incredible.

“We come into this week having lost in the Premier League against Wolves, so it goes without saying that we are aware that if we aren’t at our best, fully concentrated and prepared, it will be tough to get a positive result.”

The 29-year-old also provided an update on his own fitness levels, as he added: “Personally, I feel good. I have fully recovered from the injury which I picked up a few weeks ago and I am motivated to finish the season well with my teammates.”