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Valdano: Barca´s confidence is gone

9 March 2013 10:25

Former Real Madrid director Jorge Valdano believes Barcelona's recent defeats against AC Milan and Real have hurt the Catalans' confidence.

Barca were beaten 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie at San Siro in February and they will be looking to turn things around at Camp Nou on Tuesday.

Valdano is curious as to how they will respond.

"Barcelona's confidence has fallen into the abyss in the space of just a week," the Argentine told Marca.

"We don't know how Barcelona are going to respond to adversity; they've never faced it before. Maybe we have underestimated the importance of the coach at Barcelona."

Valdano then looked back at Real Madrid's win over Manchester United earlier this week, and said United were too focused on defending their lead.

"When Manchester United scored the goal they just sat back, but there was still a lot of time left," he said.

Real booked their ticket for the quarter-finals by beating United 2-1 at Old Trafford after recording a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

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