Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde firmly believes that Lionel Messi is on the verge of ending his wait for a goal in the Champions League quarter-final.
Messi's Barcelona host Manchester United at the Camp Nou for the second-leg after winning the first leg 1-0 at Old Trafford and will be keen to be the star who puts the tie beyond Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men on Tuesday night.
One reason why Messi's presence in the starting XI is a significant boost to Barcelona is because the 31-year-old has not scored at this stage of the competition since 2013, a streak which has now continued for 12 of his previous quarter-final appearances in this competition.
AS report that on being asked about Messi's this very stat, Valverde optimistically replied, "That means he's closer to scoring again."
He concluded, "Statistics tell you about the past, but not the future. We don't know what's going to happen and that's an incentive for everyone. He's fine after the knock he had. He's in perfect shape for tomorrow."
Barcelona will welcome back Ousmane Dembele into the side in the second leg after the Frenchman missed the first leg due to injury.
The second-leg tie between Manchester United and FC Barcelona will kick-off at 12:30am IST on Wednesday morning.