Barcelona Back to Bayern Munich Despite the Nervy Path to Champions League Quarters


Barcelona (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Barcelona (Photograph Credit score: Reuters)

Barcelona mentioned that they may again themselves to beat Bayern Munich of their Champions League quarterfinal after win over Napoli.

  • Reuters
  • Final Up to date: August 9, 2020, 9:00 AM IST

Barcelona insist they’ve as a lot probability as Bayern Munich of successful their Champions League quarter-final regardless of a removed from convincing 3-1 win over Napoli on Saturday.

First-half targets from Clement Lenglet, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez despatched Barca on their manner into the ‘Last Eight’ match in Lisbon the place they may face the German champions, who crushed Chelsea 4-1 for a 7-1 combination win of their final 16 second leg.

Barca’s 4-1 combination win over Napoli might have appeared resounding on the scoresheet however was something however, as Gennaro Gattuso’s Italian facet dominated the second half after Lorenzo Insigne scored on the finish of the primary.

Nonetheless, Barca coach Quique Setien mentioned his facet shouldn’t be underestimated in opposition to Bayern, who swept to a home double this season in distinction to the Catalans dropping out on the Spanish title and failing to win every other silverware.

“It is going to be robust for us as a result of they’ve had a wonderful season and dominated their tie. It is going to be troublesome for us but additionally for them. They’re a wonderful crew, however so are we,” Setien informed a information convention.

Barca striker Luis Suarez added: “In a one-off recreation anybody has an opportunity, so it’s completely balanced, 50/50. Bayern are an excellent crew, one of many candidates to win the competitors, nevertheless it’s 11 versus 11 over 90 minutes.”

Barca beat Bayern within the semi-finals in 2015, the final 12 months they received the competitors, which avenged a 7-Zero thrashing on combination by the hands of the Germans within the final 4 in 2013.

The Catalans have been haunted within the final two years of the Champions League by their lack of ability to see out comfy first leg outcomes, surrendering a 4-1 lead over AS Roma in 2018 and a 3-Zero benefit over Liverpool final 12 months.

Midfielder Sergi Roberto mentioned the truth that ties shall be performed over one match slightly than two, as a result of competitors being rescheduled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, means type will rely for much less.

“Each recreation is its personal totally different world and that’s true now greater than ever. There are not any favourites on this Champions League, anybody can win or lose a one-off recreation,” he mentioned.

“Each match will really feel like a remaining so we’re going to need to be very concentrated.”

Former Bayern nice Lothar Matthaeus, nevertheless, was much less complimentary of Barcelona, saying the German champions had been the overwhelming favourites to win subsequent Friday’s conflict.

“Naturally Barcelona have sufficient high quality to supply the perfect of themselves in a single recreation, however I believe Bayern should make many errors and do many issues improper to lose in opposition to this Barcelona,” he informed Sky Sport Germany.

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