The matches towards Juventus have turn out to be in recent times the proper indicative of at what second is FC Barcelona, In opposition to the crew White black He lifted his final Champions League in June 2015, he was additionally eradicated forcefully in 2017 at the start of the continental decline of the culé crew and was lastly thrashed once more this Tuesday on the Camp Nou, making it clear that Barça remains to be very removed from the large groups of the Outdated Continent.
Within the final 5 seasons, the Blaugrana entity Goes from win to win (towards) in Europe. What appeared like an accident in 2017 (PSG and Juve) was blamed on their fragility away from dwelling (in Rome and Liverpool) to lastly turn out to be a routine (Bayern and Juventus once more) attributable to the decline of Barça.
The comeback towards PSG
The primary win acquired by the Catalans was in 2017 and it’s a fond reminiscence for the way the tie ended. The pSG clearly surpassed him within the Park of the Princes (4-0) however after that hit, Barça recovered and in an evening for historical past got here again from the tie (6-1) to go to the quarterfinals of the Champions League with Neymar as chief and the ultimate objective from Sergi Roberto.
The wall of Juve
The Paris factor was simply the warning, the elimination got here within the subsequent spherical earlier than himJuventus, who beat Barça in Turin (3-0, with two objectives from Dybala and one from Chiellini).
The exhausting defeat at dwelling couldn’t flip round this time on the Camp Nou, the place the Outdated woman He demonstrated his super defensive energy. Buffon and his rear have been an insurmountable wall and eradicated Barça from a Champions League that, to prime all of it, Actual Madrid received towards the Turinese.
The Rome debacle
Elimination, the next season, en Rome was most likely probably the most surprising. Barça weren’t solely the clear favorites within the tie, they’d additionally comfortably received the primary leg 4-1. On the Olympic, the Catalans have been blocked once they conceded the second objective (Dzeko scored the primary, De Rossi the following) they usually conceded the ultimate 3-0 in minute 82 after a nook headed by Greek Manolas. Within the Italian capital, a crew with out persona or the mandatory aggressive spirit was seen.
The Liverpool Hecatomb
When in 2019 Barcelona defeated mighty Liverpool by 3-0 on the Camp Nou With an exhibition of Leo Messi, his gamers claimed to have discovered the lesson of the earlier yr in Rome.
Nonetheless, within the second leg at Anfield, as soon as once more a culé crew was fully overcome by the stage and the reds they have been completely handed over. The nook that made it 4-0, with all of the gamers wanting the opposite approach and Wijnaldum ending at will, it was the proper reflection of a crew sunk not solely when it comes to soccer, but in addition emotionally.
Goleada for historical past
The Barcelona hit backside with 2-8 embedded in Lisbon towards Bayern within the Champions post-stoppage as a result of pandemic final August. It was a bloodbath, a match extra typical of groups of various classes than a Champions League quarter-final.
The historic win mirrored a transparent finish to the cycle of many gamers, however lastly the duck was solely paid by the coach (Quique Setién) and Luis Suárez, even if after the sport even Gerard Piqué identified that radical adjustments needed to be made and even supplied to depart the membership if he deemed it applicable.
Juve once more … and with Cristiano
The final win acquired by the Catalans was not in a tie however within the group stage. For the primary time in additional than a decade, the Catalans haven’t labeled as leaders of their group even if It was value them even when they misplaced 0-2 to make it. Juve, with Christian as a star In opposition to an insistent however erratic Messi, he received 3-0, additionally leaving the sensation that if he had wanted extra objectives, he would have achieved them.
It’s the latest win by the Blaugranas, who see fearsome rivals on the horizon within the spherical of 16 (Liverpool, Bayern, Chelsea, Manchester Metropolis, Borussia Dortmund …). The target is not to win the Champions League, it’s to not less than rise up and never add one other new debacle.