The current season in the Champions League has already given football fans a number of unexpected results, while it has not yet reached the playoff round. All of this is another evidence that the level of the competitors of the tournament has now leveled off considerably, so there no more ordinary games.

One of the main contenders for the victory is the Catalan Barcelona. After 3 consecutive triumphs of Real Madrid in the most prestigious club tournament of the Old Continent, the squad of Ernesto Valverde is maximally charged to stop the hegemony of the Creams. In the domestic arena, they leave them almost no chance, an additional evidence of this fact is the victory of 5:1 in El Classico, after which Lopetegui was dismissed from the position of Real head coach.

Barcelona reached the Champions League playoffs easily, although their rivals at the group stage were:

  • Inter;

  • Tottanham;

  • PSV.

The team did not have any problems with them, but in the playoffs the level of tension and responsibility will be quite different.

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Barcelona Chances of Success This Season

The team is still very much dependent on Lionel Messi. The Argentine is in great shape this season, which brings the result to the club. Not far behind him are other leaders of the team. First of all, it is Suarez, Coutinho, Rakitic.

Last year, the Catalans failed because of improper attitude to the opponent, when they felt that they had already passed Roma after the home win 4:1, but then lost 3:0 on the road, and left the tournament. There is no doubt that Valverde drew conclusions from those mistakes, but will it be enough to go further?

For many leaders of the team, the current season is one of the last chances when they can compete for a victory in the Champions League. Messi, Busquets, Pique, Suarez, Rakitic, Vidal – all of them are over 30, and it is becoming more difficult for them to do their best in every match of a busy season. In such circumstances, it is important to use rotation.

However, knowing that the current season for them is one of the last at a high level, they can start to strive more. There are just a few games on a short distance of the playoffs, and it is possible to prepare for them well. Let's see if the Catalans will be able to come back to the top of European club football this time, or if any of the competitors will be able to get the most prestigious trophy of the Old Continent.

 

Published by Charlesa Gibson