UEFA will now allow spectators in the coming Champions League and UEFA Nations League matches, as long as local authorities allow it. The maximum capacity will be 30% of the stadiums and only home fans will be allowed for now.
There was a trial where 15,000 fans were able to watch from the stadium, namely the match of the UEFA Super Cup final between Bayern Munich and Sevilla. The pilot test was a complete success in the host city Budapest. Of course, after following the correct sanitation measures.
A lot has happened since the last time we saw the Camp Nou with fans as the doors of almost all stadiums were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now we are close to seeing the support of the Catalans again in Barcelona’s temple.
This is a very positive movement, since the percentage of allowed fans would gradually increase until it returns to normality. In addition, it motivates the leagues of each country to follow the same steps, of course, always prioritising the health of fans.
Barcelona don’t lose comeback hope with Messi’s outrageous stats vs Sevilla
Later on tonight, Barcelona will do their best to mount another incredible comeback, this time against Sevilla. The Andalusians were the better team in the first leg of the Copa del Rey, winning 2-0 at their home ground. Today, however, they travel to the Camp Nou where they’ll try and keep their lead alive.
And even though we’re talking here about a very strong opponent, the Catalans have reasons to be optimistic. The first one is of course their recent result against that very same opponent. The two sides met in La Liga last weekend and Barcelona snatched up all three points in a convincing 2-0 victory.
This suggests they indeed do have what it takes to edge past Julen Lopetegui’s troops, especially since the game will be played in Catalonia. But there is also one other weapon Barcelona have at their disposal; one that is not exactly a big secret – Lionel Messi.
The little Argentine does feel like a cheat code at times but against Sevilla, that is even more true than usual. After all, Leo has already scored 38 goals and assisted further 19 in just 42 games played against this opposition.
That amounts to 57 goal contributions in 42 games. Even for Messi’s godly standards, that is just an unreal number. With such a player in your team, you can’t help but feel optimistic and hopeful regardless of the opposition.
Of course, we can’t expect Leo to solve games of this magnitude on his own so everyone will have to pull their weight. But even with that being said, if Messi can do what Messi usually does, Barcelona’s ultimate goal becomes that much easier to reach.
With morale high and players ready to tango, it should definitely be a thrilling contest to watch.
Let’s hope Ronald Koeman gets it right. And then, suddenly, the whole season can turn out that much sweeter.