Valverde Find Positives In Lyon Draw

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde shrugged off his team’s struggles in front of goal after they were held to a 0-0 draw away at Lyon in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

The Spanish side had most of the chances at the Groupama Stadium, with Luis Suarez firing just wide in the second half, although it was Lyon who came the closest when Martin Terrier hit the bar early on.

Barca must now finish the job when the teams meet again at the Camp Nou on March 13, but Lyon remain in the tie.

“We played good football, but you have to hit the target as well, and we didn’t,” Valverde said.

“We are on the right road, though, and the tie is still up in the air. We will try to win it in front of our fans.”

He added: “I am not happy with the result, but I am happy with the performance and with what we created.

“We didn’t score, but that is how it is. It is not easy to win away from home in the Champions League.”

Bruno Genesio’s team had taken four points from a possible six against Manchester City in the group stage and recently won at home to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1.

They are still unbeaten in Europe this season, although this was their sixth consecutive draw.

“It’s a satisfying result because it leaves us with a chance for the second leg, and we didn’t concede. If we can score at the Camp Nou we’ll have a chance of going through,” said Genesio.