“We will most likely have to win in Munich,” Frenkie de Jong, a 24-year-old Barcelona midfielder, outlined a ruthless scenario. Benfica wins, Barcelona will not be enough from a point, because it would be eliminated by worse mutual matches!
“I am optimistic and I’m not afraid because our performance lacked only a goal. We played really well. Plus, Dembele is back. He is the winner who makes the difference in the offensive, “said Xavi Hernández, Barcelona’s coach.
It should be noted that without the great goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Barcelona was sad already on Tuesday night. Only his brilliant intervention against Jeremchuk, and consequently Seferovich’s incompetence, did not bring Barcelona defeated.
The Catalan team showed confident, bold and attractive football, but this was true throughout the penalty area. In the final stage, Xavi’s team was a bit toothless. And even on the second attempt under the baton of the new coach, he did not score from the game, because the weekend victory of 0 over Espaňol came from a penalty kick.
However, the largest Spanish media did not spare criticism. “Memphis Depay looks like a fantastic striker. But it’s not. He’s a great player, but he’s not a footballer who can pull Barcelona. He will be good in helping others, not in the role of tug, “criticizes Dutch footballer Marc in fear for the future of Barcelona in the Champions League.
For the last time in the 2000/01 season, Barcelona failed to advance from the group of the most prestigious club competitions of the old continent. She transformed each additional participation into a phase-out. At the same time, only in the 2003/2004 season, when she played in the UEFA Cup, was she missing out on fate.
“But I’m proud of that. And I’m an optimist. We do everything to be better and win. The important thing is that we have a chance. When we start transforming them, we will be fine, “Xavi Hernández did not doubt that Barcelona would be among the club cream of the old continent even after the winter break.