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Showing posts with label UEFA Champions League. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UEFA Champions League. Show all posts

Sep 15, 2021

Bayern bossed Barcelona on the Camp Nou pitch like they were taking an evening stroll. Barcelona came well short of putting up a fight. Whether they were interested?

The final whistle came with a huge sigh of relief for many fans including myself. There was a sense of relief that this result was somewhat justifiable to ourselves. This wasn't a humiliation, and Bayern didn't have that many chances also.

In all this, we also validate an unpleasant truth which we all knew beforehand but was not willing to accept. This match showcased the gap between FC Barcelona and other superpower clubs in Europe. We are technically a mid-table team in Europe. Bayern played in second gear for most of the game, shifted momentarily to third gear to score the goals and went back. It was a stroll in the park.

Sep 14, 2021

Barcelona meets the German Champions for the first time after that horrible 8-2 losses.This time Lionel Messi won't be there, last time even that wasn't much of a help!



Let's be honest, if there has been a time not to face the German Champions, that could be this. Some would say, playing them early is a good option. However, I have a completely different opinion about it. Playing Bayern Munich when we are not sure about our best eleven is quite scary. And to make matters worse, many are out of this encounter and many may have fitness issues.

If the odds we see the in the Official OlyBet website paints a realistic picture, we should be pretty happy with anything other than an absolute mauling. Maybe it may turn out to be to our advantage. After all, when the expectations are less, Barcelona is not expected to put up a show. Instead, they could try to grind out the match and at least score an upset!

Feb 17, 2021

By the end of the night, there were no feeling of being hurt. When something becomes routine and expected, people get adjusted to that. The hopes were all ended in the first few minutes.

Barcelona suffered yet another humiliating defeat at Camp Nou going down 4-1 to a KMbappe inspired PSG. KMbappe scored a hat-trick, which many believe indicate a change of guard in World of Football. Honestly, I believe last night's performance doesn't prove KMbappe's greatness, but only a testimony of how bad this Barcelona side is.

By the end of the night, there was no feeling of being hurt. When something becomes routine and expected, people get adjusted to that. The hopes were all ended in the first few minutes. Midway through the match we were going through the motions and were worried about how it will all end in Paris. Luckily there is no hope left for you to be worried about!

Aug 15, 2020

Barcelona suffered their worst ever European defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich losing 8-2. To be honest the scoreline could have been a lot worse!



There is nothing to say or write after what we saw at display in Portugal tonight. The Barcelona team suffered their worst defeat in living memory. Bayern treated them like schoolboys. May be comparing the display of our boys to schoolboy is a disgrace to the latter!

In the end we all felt relieved that it was only 8-2. It could have been a lot worse. Barcelona deserved to lose by at least a dozen goals today. They should thank their luck that the deficit was only 6 goals.

Aug 9, 2020

Despite all those lingering doubts, Barcelona made to the next round of the Champions League courtesy of Barcelona's magician, Lionel Messi. Now for Messi, a bigger Bayern test awaits!


Lionel Messi Inspires Barcelona Victory

FC Barcelona - 3 | Napoli - 1

If there was any doubt regarding whether Barcelona's fate lies in the hand of a single man, this match cleared all that doubt. Barcelona will stay alive so far Messi can create magic like this continuously.

If Barcelona fans were looking for hope in this match, they most probably would have been left with mixed feelings. Barcelona did more than enough to secure the progress but not in a convincing fashion.

Mar 18, 2020


UEFA has pushed the Euro Competition by an Year giving some more time to salvage this Champions League Season.




UEFA is looking at an unprecedented scenario considering the Champions League season, the prospect of canceling the whole season. In his entire history, UEFA Champions League has never been suspended, but Corno Virus may get that done. As I wrote in my last post, we are looking at the prospect of having the Champions League being played somewhere later in the season, and canceling all other domestic seasons.


UEFA's latest announcement indicates an attempt to save the Champions League season in some fashion. The finals date has been shifted from May to June, June 27th to be precise. That gives a month of extra-time. Even if the crisis ends by that time, UEFA will struggle to complete all the matches by the time of finals!


Feb 26, 2020


The 1-1 draw seems to be the most perfect result Barcelona could hope for, especially with the kind of performance on display. But with Busquets and Vidal suspended for the return leg, has Barcelona made life tougher at Camp Nou?



Barcelona Secures a Valuable Draw against Napoli with a Timid Performance

Barcelona produced a lackluster display where the emphasis was more on the fight at hand and less on the skill on display. The affair of last night was more or less like a boxing match where both participants were looking for landing some punches, but not the knockout one! Barcelona made life difficult for them by making some strange starting choices, which had a huge implication the way we played.


In the end, this was not the most desired result but still a perfect one. Griezmann's equalizer gives Barcelona the away goal advantage, which they could build upon at the Camp Nou. Then there is a small problem of finding enough players to make the starting eleven!




FC Barcelona was held on to a 1-1- draw at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples by a spirited Napoli side. Napoli went ahead in the first half through Mertens. For Barcelona, it was the French, Antoinne Griezmann who found the precious equalizer.


Do not miss to watch the highlights below:


Dec 16, 2019


Barcelona has been handed another Italian test in the UEFA Champions League 2019-20 first knockout stage.




FC Barcelona will be facing Italian side Napoli in the UEFA Champions League 2019-20 first knock-out stage. The draw is considered a favorable one for Barcelona, despite the fact that the Italian side made life difficult for Liverpool already this season. Having the second leg at home is a definite advantage for Barcelona.


The first leg will be played at the Stadio San Paolo on the 26th of February 2020. The second leg will be held at the Camp Nou on the 18th of March.


Nov 28, 2019


Lionel Messi once again produced a master class which secured Barcelona the top spot in their Group of this Season's Champions League Competition. The Argentinian Maestro was at his very best scoring one and assisting the other two.



Barcelona Defeats Borrusia Dortmund 3-1 at the Camp Nou #BarcaBVB #Barca #Messi

Once again for the umpteenth time in his career, Lionel Messi was the difference-maker on a night which could have spelled disaster for Barcelona. Courtesy of the 3-1 victory, Barcelona have managed to qualify to the knock-out stages as the group winner. That has put to rest all our doubts regarding qualification!


The Messi, Saurez, and Griezmann (MSG) combination all got into the scoresheet for the second time this season. It's rather significant, as Griezmann didn't start the game and came in as a substitute for injured Dembele. The most positive factor for Barcelona would the way Griezmanna and Messi were combining and the fact that Messi was looking for the French on the left every time.



FC Barcelona vs Dortmund Video Highlights | FC Barcelona - 3, Borussia Dortmund - 1 #FCBarcelona #Barca

FC Barcelona secured their spot in the knock out phase with a 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund at the Camp Nou. Messi, Suarez, and Griezmann all scored for Barcelona, meanwhile, Jadon Sancho scored for Borussia Dortmund which was nothing other than a consolation goal.


Enjoy the highlights of the match below.


Nov 27, 2019


One thing is clear, a lose to Dortmund at Camp Nou would spell the death knell to Valverde's Managerial career. Success will allow him to continue, much to the dismay of the fans!.



All Eyes are on Messi as Barcelona faces Dortmund in a Must-win match

Courtesy of their failure to win at the Camp Nou against the bottom-placed team in the Group, Slavia Prague, Barcelona finds themselves staring at a possible option of not qualifying from the group this season. Tonight Barcelona will be facing the German side, Borrusia Dortmund at the Camp Nou. Anything other than a victory will spell trouble for Barcelona's Champions League ambitions.


Barcelona's next match is at the San Siro against a red hot Inter Milan. A win their is near to impossible with the way the team currently is playing. That means tonight's match is literally a 'Must Win Affair' for Barcelona.

Nov 6, 2019


A Ground which was revered and feared by opponents for long is slowly becoming a hunting grounds for even the lesser opposition. Don't go by the unbeaten record, the general feeling is that once it's broken, there won't be any stopping!



Barcelona Struggles against Slavia Prague at the Camp Nou #Barca #FCBarcelona

Everything has to come to an end, even Barcelona's Home win streak too! Barcelona's 16 match home winning streak came to an end at the hands of Slavia Prague, the unlikely of the opponent. In a match where an uninspiring Barcelona side once again struggled; most of the fans are not worried about the winning streak. They have bigger things to worry about now.


At least this match has put rest to certain doubts we had. The doubt whether we will be able to win Champions League after five years, after missing it twice so close in horrible fashion. That doubt has been put to rest. By this showing forget winning, we should get kicked out at the first knockout stage itself.



FC Barcelona vs Slavia Prague Highlights Video | FC Barcelona -0 , Slavia Prague - 0

FC Barcelona continued with their lackluster performance in Champions League with another poor display this time at the Camp Nou. The current Spanish League leaders struggled to score and had to forego with their 16 match winning streak at the Camp Nou.


Watch the highlights below:


Oct 24, 2019


Barcelona had to thank their mercurial keeper Ter Stegan for an undeserving victory against Slavia Praha which put Barcelona's qualification to next round a sure certainity.



Ter Stegan's Heroics give Barcelona a Lucky Victory against Slavia Praha

It doesn't come as a surprise anymore. Barcelona's struggles away from home, especially in Europe, are now a regular thing. Guess we will be literally shocked if we dominate an away game nowadays. Once mediocre becomes a way of life, you tend to accept these kinds of victories. That's why there are idiots calling this victory a tough but important victory.


There should not be any doubt about the quality of Barcelona's display against Slavia Praha last night. It was way below mediocre. We were saved by two moments and a series of saves pulled by Barcelona's Super Man, Ter Stegan. Messi played decently well scoring one and creating another; apart from that everyone else literally was nonsense.

Oct 3, 2019


Barcelona made a brilliant come back against Inter Milan at the Camp Nou courtesy of two goals from Saurez and some inspiring plays involving both Messi and Vidal.



Vidal, Saurez and Messi Inspires a Sensational Barcelona Come Back against Inter

FC Barcelona - 2 | Inter Milan - 1


When all hopes are lost, we desperately pray for some divine intervention. And that's what happened at the Camp Nou last evening. It will still be a mystery how we remained in the match at the end of the first half. Inter Milan deserved to be three or four goals ahead, but they failed to convert. The entire episode came back to haunt them in the second half.


The end result appeared a bit unfair for the visitors, especially considering that they were 'Miles Ahead' of us in the first half. A draw would have been a fair result in that sense considering that we had better of the second half. But then when the balance is so tight, the impact of those world-class players shows and Barcelona had a couple of them in their team.

May 8, 2019


In a repeat of last season's Roma result, Barcelona was eliminated from UCL by Liverpool winning 4-0 on the night.




Barcelona managed to out do themselves! If last year we managed to throw away a healthy 4-1 lead, this season we did better of that. Liverpool did the unthinkable. They defeated Barcelona 4-0 to create a magical night at the Anfield and progress to their second consecutive Champions League final. Barcelona, like in Roma was left with feeling of dejection, but in this case the side felt like a poor sunday league outfit, unable to cope with the rigorous pressing from Liverpool.


Valverde's future definitely has to be in doubt after this result. Many of us felt that we should have thrown him out after Roma result. But there is no way he can survive this result. Hopefully so!


May 6, 2019


The 3-0 victory home gives Barcelona a comfortable platform to progress to the Final of Champions league, their ultimate goal of the season.



Barcelona Looking for a Solid Display at Anfield

At the start of the Season, Lionel Messi made it clear about what remains his and the club's first priority. It was the UEFA Champions League. He was categorical in his assessment about whether we could proceed yet another year without bringing the most coveted trophy in Europe home.


Now with a 3-0 victory in the first leg, Barcelona remains the firm favorite to reach yet another final. Despite the comfortable scoreline, which in the normal situation would have already secured the progress. But last year's Roma result hangs like a domiciles sword over Barca. That is the result which instills fear in Barcelona and hope in Liverpool.


May 2, 2019


In the end it all biled in to one factor, the brilliance of Lionel Messi. Barcelona remains the favorite to reach the Final after a 3-0 victory at Home.




Barcelona Football Club have taken a definitive step towards playing this season's Champions League Final with a 3-0 victory over Liverpool. In what was a tight match, the geniuses of botn Saurez and Lionel Messi emerged the difference maker. Messi's second, an astounding free kick was his 600th Goal for Barcelona in Club Competition.


To an extent, Liverpool may feel like undone by the scoreline. The 3-0 looked a bit unfair especially after they were the better side in the first half of the second half. But Barcelona adapted quickly and then Messi's Genius shone throughout.




Lionel Messi and Saurez gave Barcelona a valuable 3-0 victory, which has put them in a great position to play the Champions League final in Madrid. In a very tight match, Barcelona's attacking players quality proved crucial, with Messi scoring twice and Saurez scoring the opener.


Enjoy the highlights below:

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