Mighty Barcelona crumbled under the onslaught of a Liverpool side inspired by their crowd on Tuesday night in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg. Concise News beams light on what this means for the Catalan club.
Not many who have correctly predicted the outcome of Tuesday night’s match, but Jurgen Klopp’s side shocked the footballing world and pulled off yet another memorable comeback in Europe’s premier club competition. It is special for the Reds of course, but it also means this present Barcelona team are not special! Take away Lionel Messi, and Barcelona are just not distinctive!
The fact is, had Manchester United been a quality team, Barca would have exited the Champions League in the last eight. Against Olympique Lyonnais in the Round of 16, although the French side were not the best team, the aggregate scoreline did not reflect the tie. The five-time Champions League winner had Marc-Andre ter Stegen to thank for making some brilliant saves to help Ernesto Valverde’s side draw away.
This Barcelona is beatable anytime, any day! Recall, middle-team Real Betis put four past them & even left Catalonia victorious. A club now battling to avoid relegation, Girona travelled to Nou Camp & smiled back home. That shows the standard of the 2018-19 FC Barcelona squad!
Indeed, no top European side would play a Barcelona side with players as Arturo Vidal, Nelson Semedo, Arthur, Malcom, Carles Aleñà and fear them! Yes, they are crowned La Liga champions, with just three league losses all season, but a chunk of that is as a result of ‘magician’, Messi. Even when they are not playing spectacularly, Leo come up with the goods. That’s just the plus!
Now, Liverpool, who are having a fantastic season just exposed them. While many Barcelona fans are furious with Manager Valverde, they still have to understand that this squad is not of the level of the FC Barcelona which paraded Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas, Carles Puyol, Dani Alves and Xavier Hernández. You cannot be purchasing a Kevin-Prince Boateng, Jean-Clair Todibo, et al. and expect world class output! Barcelona is known for aesthetic football. Vidal and Prince, with all due respect, do not epitomise that!