Morning press review ›

We invite you to a short overview of today’s Spanish press editions. What are they writing about Mundo Deportivo, Sport, L’Esportiu, Marca and AS? You will see below.

“To be or not to be” – Mundo Deportivo reminds that Barcelona are playing for their future in the Champions League at the Allianz Arena behind closed doors. A first-ever win in Munich would have given a promotion, as would Benfica’s point loss against Dynamo. In a meeting with a weakened and needless Bayern, Xavi mentally sets his charges: “we can create history”. According to the Barça newspaper, he suspects that Tuchel, who drove Dembélé in Borusia, wants to take him to Chelsea. Griezmann paved the way for Atlético’s promotion in a tense match with two red cards. Real secured the first place. Winning is Sevilla Salzburg’s only option. In turn, Villarreal only needs to draw against Atalanta. Australian Dante Exum has undergone medical tests and signed a three-month contract with Barcelona.

“Let’s dream!” – Sport Barcelona says that it depends on itself and will do everything for a miracle on the Bayern pitch to advance to the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. Xavi shows confidence and refers to the epicness of magic evenings Blaugrana. “We want to change history.” Real wins and will be promoted from first place. Atlético also won promotion in an epic style. Villarreal cannot lose to Atalanta. Sevilla must win over Salzburg.

“You have to play” – L’Esportiu believes that Barcelona must explore to the utmost limits all the possibilities to stay in the Champions League, even those that force it to win at Allianz, where it has never done so. “Barça can win against any rival. History is there to be broken, ”Xavi motivated his students. Atlético took a victory in Porto, which, combined with Milan’s defeat against Liverpool, gave him a place in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. Real beat Inter to take first place in their group. Caroline Graham has been given permission to play and will return to the team to play against Arsenal. Exum may debut in Barcelona in Friday’s match against Real. Manresa won with Ostrów and is still undefeated. China says the US will pay for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Games.

“This is Atléti!” – March writes about a historic European evening Rojiblancos. “Believe, fight, suffer, endure, win, advance” – these were the words that were to characterize the Simeone team. Atlético showed their winning version in a match that was a battle. Oblak and Griezmann were decisive. Excellent performance by De Paul. Real took first place in the group after two beautiful goals from Kroos and Asensio. Xavi stated that it doesn’t take a miracle to win. Sevilla is almost bound to win against Salzburg behind closed doors. Villarreal only need a draw to advance to the 1/8 finals. The journal believes that there is more to the game in the game between Hamilton and Verstappen than the title.

“Never stop believing” – AS announces that the epic Atlético advanced to the 1/8 finals after goals from Griezmann, Correa and De Paul. Oblak the hero of the first half. “We were able to suffer,” said Simeone. At the top of the cover: “leader also in Europe”. Real resisted Inter’s attacks and then dominated him to move up from first place in the group. The goals of Kroos and Asensio were decisive. “A miracle to end the ghost” – Barcelona needs a victory over Bayern, its worst nightmare, to advance. Villarreal are looking for a draw to keep him in the Champions League. “Lots of frost, empty stands and only one goal: win” – Sevilla must win in Salzburg to advance. The English press is concerned that Verstappen will cause an accident that will give him the title of Formula 1.

About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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