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Barca taking nothing for granted

BARCELONA – After Barcelona produced a late blitz to pull off a stunning 3-0 win over Liverpool in their Champions League semi-final first leg, coach Ernesto Valverde said his side’s place in the competition’s final was far from assured.

A goal from Luis Suarez and two second-half strikes from Lionel Messi, the latter the Argentine’s 600th goal for Barca, gave the Catalans a dream victory in front of 98,000 fans at raucous Nou Camp despite an admirable display from Liverpool.

But Valverde pointed to his team’s sensational exit from last year’s competition to AS Roma after a 4-1 cushion from the first leg and said they would be taking nothing for granted in Tuesday’s return game at Anfield.

Barca midfielder Arturo Vidal also expects Liverpool to put up a fight at Anfield.

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