• FT

    AS Roma

    0

    Lyon

    0

  • FT

    Barcelona

    1

    Liverpool

    2

  • FT

    FC Porto

    1

    Chelsea

    1

  • FT

    Inter

    2

    Valencia

    2

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Camp Nou

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Barcelona

  • Deco 14'

1 - 2

FT

Liverpool

  • Craig Bellamy 43'
  • John Arne Riise 74'

Thuram demands Nou Camp victory

Lilian Thuram has stressed the importance of Barcelona gaining a positive result in Wednesday's Champions League home match with Liverpool.

Echoing the thoughts of fellow defender Gianluca Zambrotta, Thuram believes Barca need some sort of lead to take into the second leg at Anfield due to Liverpool's impressive home record.

'They are a strong team and as well as that we have to return to their stadium, where it is very difficult to win,' the Frenchman said.

Zambrotta had said: 'It is important to win. To win 1-0 would be a good result. Liverpool are a team who are very difficult to play against and who play very well at their ground.'

These are no attempts at mind games though, with Thuram and Zambrotta both speaking from bitter experience.

The duo were in the Juventus side two years ago which lost 2-1 at Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

Fabio Cannavaro's second-half strike at Anfield gave Juve a valuable away goal and looked to have put them in the ascendancy.

However, the Italian side could not break Liverpool down in the return leg in Turin and the Premiership went through after a goalless draw, before going on to win the final against AC Milan.

Thuram is determined not to suffer a similar fate this time around with his new club Barca.

'The most important thing for us is to play our game,' he said.

Thuram is fighting to be fit for tomorrow's clash and stayed behind after squad training on Monday to work on his strength.

The former World Cup winner has struggled with injuries this season, but the veteran believes that is partly due to his lack of matches.

'It is normal to become injured more often if you do not play every week,' said Thuram, who could be brought into the centre of defence if Barca coach Frank Rijkaard opts to use Rafael Marquez further forward.

'I believe I have the same chance of playing as always. For me nothing has changed and it will be up to the coach to decide,' Thuram added.

'The important thing is that the team wins and comes first.

'I believe that every player wants to play as much as possible.'

Probable teams:

Barcelona: 1-Victor Valdes; 11-Gianluca Zambrotta, 5-Carles Puyol, 15-Edmilson, 12-Giovanni van Bronckhorst; 4-Rafael Marquez, 6-Xavi or 24-Andres Iniesta, 20-Deco; 19-Lionel Messi, 10-Ronaldinho, 22-Javier Saviola

Liverpool:

25-Pepe Reina; 3-Steve Finnan, 23-Jamie Carragher, 5-Danny Agger, 6-John-Arne Riise; 22-Momo Sissoko 14-Xabi Alonso, 8-Steven Gerrard, 18-Dirk Kuyt, 10-Luis Garcia, 17-Craig Bellamy

Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)