Champions League: ‘I hope the short one doesn’t play’ – Sporting’s Jesus hoping for more Messi rest!

1. The Portuguese side must take all three points from their trip to Camp Nou and bank on Juventus failing to beat Olympiacos in Greece if they are to clinch second place in Group D, but with Barcelona already through to the last 16, Ernesto Valverde might field a weakened side against Sporting.

2. Looking ahead to the challenge after seeing his side perform well against Olympiacos, Jesus underlined the odds his team had overcome in pushing Juventus and Barcelona so close, and indicated that finishing third in the group and going into the Europa League would be no disgrace.

3. Sporting CP head coach Jorge Jesus said he believes his side can cause an upset in Barcelona after their hopes of qualification for the Champions League knockout stages were kept alive thanks to a 3-1 win over Olympiacos.

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