Valdes: We can beat United

23 April 2008
Victor Valdes insists Barcelona can see off the attacking prowess of Manchester United a claim their place in the Champions League final. The 26-year-old goalkeeper is quietly confident his side can shrug off their poor league form to send United crashing out at the last four stage for the second consecutive season."It's been a complicated year for us," Valdes told FC Barcelona's TV channel. "But the Champions League is a competition that has gone well for us throughout the season and we'll approach it with the same excitement we have throughout the competition.

"It's going to be very difficult facing an opponent we know to be tough, but we have a lot of faith in our chances."

Valdes believes the Catalan side will need to be at the top of their game, particularly in defence, if they are to curb United's attacking threat.

"Without a doubt, it's important we do well at the Nou Camp," he said. "We're used to analysing the opponents, especially in the Champions League. We look carefully at all the players and we've focused on United's forward players. We'll bear them in mind and be very wary of them."