Barcelona Travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea for the first leg of their last-16 tie tonight (7.45pm).
Lionel Messi has been in red-hot form for the Catalan giants this term, hitting 20 goals in La Liga.
However, his record in Europe against British teams is something left to be desired. In particular against the Blues, Messi is still waiting to break his duck in eight appearances.
And Valverde is all too well aware of what the tie will mean for the Argentine talisman.
He also thinks it is high time that Messi’s luck changes.
“This tie is important for Leo, for me, for everyone. For Barcelona,” Valverde said.
“It’ll be tough, but it’s important because we want to qualify.
“Leo perhaps hasn’t had much luck against Chelsea before, but Tuesday is a different game.”
Valverde also launched a staunch defence of Antonio Conte who has come under pressure recently.
He added: “Antonio [Conte] is one of the best coaches in the world.
“He’s got a fantastic CV, not just here in England after winning the league with Chelsea, but with Juve and with his national team.
“His teams are well drilled tactically. They know what to do in every moment and it’s a real challenge.
“We’re planning to change our dynamic a little bit away from home.
“They’re physical, they defend well. They’ve got players who can hit you well on the counterattack.”
Source : EXPRESS