Blaugrana is mired in one of the greatest crises in recent years. It is difficult for fans to get used to such an average playing team. Especially those who sympathize with the Camp Nou club and remember how until recently their favorites dominated their rivals. And watching them play was enjoying the arts and admiring the maestri.
Today, Barcelona’s funeral can take place with empty stands, because the match, due to the return of covid restrictions, will take place without the participation of the public. For the visitors, the game will have a crazy stakes, because a failure to win could throw the club out of the Champions League. This situation, i.e. the lack of promotion to the knockout zone, took place for the last time 21 years ago. So it would be a return to a shameful history.
If we assume that in the second match Benfica Lisbon will not stumble in the clash with Dynamo Kiev and score three points, then the “Pride of Catalonia” will not save its presence in the most elite competitions even with a draw.
Looking at the balance of goals scored by Barcelona after five LM games, it’s hard to be a great optimist. And it’s really hard to believe that Xavi’s players currently have – yes, yes – two hits! These achievements, with 19 goals from Bayern, look terrifying. A little more optimism into the hearts of fans is the fact that “Blaugrana” lost only six goals. On the other hand, as many as half of them in the first confrontation with Bayern.
Robert Lewandowski himself, with 9 hits in this year’s competition, is a deadly threat to the Spanish team. And from this fact the players of the Barça are well aware, including Gerard Pique, who “holds” the defense of his team. The 34-year-old presented at the press conference an outline of the plan to stop the goal-shot Pole.
– Lewandowski has to play far from the penalty area, which is related to the fact that our task is to be in the rivals’ half. Robert is really very good and his main features are the finish of the action in “16”. If we can keep him out of the box, it’ll be fine. The less he plays, the better. Then our chances of winning will increase – says Pique.