The wait is finally over and later on tonight, the Catalan giants will meet the Bavarian machine in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. But, at the moment, there’s a clear gap between them. This means that once again, Barcelona will need Lionel Messi’s magic against Bayern Munich.
Mundo Deportivo are already calling this clash a final. And seeing the teams on the pitch, it really does have a feeling of a game of such magnitude. On the Catalan side, both Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal will once again be available.
The other big news, of course, is the return of Ousmane Dembélé and Quique Setién has now confirmed the Frenchman may indeed play a bit. Either way, the team seems confident despite the odds being against them.
Not often are they the underdogs going into any game and surely, Barcelona will need Messi’s magic against Bayern later tonight. Sport say the Champions League can’t wait and the Argentine will have to do his thing once again.
But in the words of Vidal, “We are the best team in the world and now we have to prove it.“
A tough night awaits but those are the nights the champions truly thrive. And deep down, Barcelona are still among the biggest of them all.
Coutinho and Pjanic speak post Barça 1-0 Elche
Barça midfielders Philippe Coutinho and new signing Miralem Pjanic spoke to the media after Barça’s narrow 1-0 triumph over Elche at the Camp Nou.
“Being back here feels great. I missed playing here, and I’m very excited to continue.” Coutinho told the media. “We’re trying our best to adapt to the coach’s new system. The level of the team is increasing; I hope things go well.”
After having featured in all three pre-season games for Barça, Coutinho is looking forward to the upcoming La Liga season. “I am eager to help the team win. There is one week left till La Liga starts and we are all focused and excited to begin.”
“I feel very happy that I made my debut. It was great.” Pjanic said after the game. “The team are working hard to prepare for the upcoming matches.”
Miralem Pjanic and Philippe Coutinho are both essentially new additions to the Barça squad since Pjanic just joined from Juventus and Coutinho returned back from his loan spell at Bayern – where he won the treble in a remarkable fashion. Things are looking bright for Coutinho, who has featured in all of Barça’s three pre-season games. Culés around the world are expecting big things from the two after having lost Brazilian youngster Arthur to Juventus this summer.