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Soccer – Valverde preaches Barca focus

Ernesto Valverde has told his Barcelona squad to focus on securing a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League and not allow their minds to wander. The Catalans have enjoyed a stellar season to date, progressing comfortably in Europe, as well as reaching the final of the Copa del Rey and extending their unbeaten run in the Spanish league to a record 38 games. However, ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Roma, head coach Valverde is keen to avoid any complacency, with Barca holding a 4-1 lead from the first leg in the Camp Nou. He told reporters: "We've not won anything yet. We're still in three competitions and we're doing well, but we've got to focus on getting into the semi-finals of the Champions League right now and then we move on. "I've been in football a long time and you know that extraordinary things can happen in football and we've got to ensure nothing extraordinary happens." Barca are available at 9/4 with bet365 to win the Champions League this season.

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