Three weeks after the end of the Spanish league, which ended with the league title of arch-rivals Real Madrid, the future of coach Quique Setien is also at stake in Barcelona. Winning the Champions League, as it was last 2015, is the club’s great longing goal.
Chilean Arturo Vidal, who, like Sergio Busquets, is absent from Napoli, even said: “We are obliged to win this Champions League because we have everything we need: the team and the individual players.” Postscript: “I can see how I lift the trophy in the air.”
Statistics speak for the Catalans
The chances of moving on are actually quite good for Barcelona ̵
The six-time world football player has also scored in ten of the last eleven pairs. Messi has scored 19 goals in the last 14 matches in this knockout phase. Barca have not failed in the round of 16 since 2007. “Lionel Messi, the king of the last sixteen”, wrote the Spanish sports day “Mundo Deportivo”.
Things are not going well in Naples
As for the opponent trained by Gennaro Gattuso, it did not go really well with the worst national final result since 2009 (seventh place). The Southern Italians are also worried about the use of striker Lorenzo Insigne, who injured his thigh in the last league round. Barca, on the other hand, are available again for Frenkie de Jong, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann.
Bayern focused on Chelsea
The first immediate goal for both clubs is the last tournament from 12 to 23 August in Lisbon. There, the opponent in the quarterfinals is very likely FC Bayern. After 3-0 in the first stage, Bayern have the best chances to reach the quarterfinals for the 18th time. “We worry about everything that comes after that when we have pushed the door open all the way,” said coach Hansi Flick. “We want to build trust with a good game.”
The German record champions around Chief of Defense David Alaba did not want to take the game lightly. “We are absolutely focused on Chelsea, and no one in our environment is talking about Lisbon.” For Chelsea, the national deal ended four weeks later than for Bayern. “Chelsea have had a rhythm in recent weeks that we lack. But we knew it, ”said Flick.