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Papers: Barcelona on the road to the quarterfinal of the Champions League

It’s finally here, the Champions League is back!

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Tonight is a huge night for the fans in Catalonia. Napoli are coming to town and after five months of hiatus, Barcelona are back on the road towards the quarterfinal of the Champions League.

Yesterday, we’ve had two spectacles as a warm-up to the main event at the Camp Nou. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City eliminated Real Madrid while Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus fell to a resurgent Lyon. Now, it’s Barça’s turn and Sport say there’s only one true destination for them: Lisbon.

If they go through to the final eight, that would be their 14th consecutive qualification. Needless to say, it’s quite impressive. However, getting past that and to the final is a completely different story.

The 1-1 draw from San Paolo is promising for the Catalans but Napoli are an extremely difficult opponent. Gennaro Gattuso’s men won’t go down without a fight.

Mundo Deportivo are also focusing on Barcelona and their road to the quarterfinal of the Champions League. Like Sport, they say the Azulgrana are aiming for Lisbon but it won’t be easy.

Of course, they couldn’t resist poking Real Madrid a bit after their elimination last night. However, the spotlight is now firmly on Barcelona and it will be interesting to see how they react after a poor 2019/20 domestic showing.

Quique Setién and Sergio Busquets addressed the media yesterday and both seem optimistic and eager to prove everyone wrong.

Now is the time for Barça to shine.

I’ve been a Barcelona fan for more than half of my life. What started as blind love is slowly turning into professional writing. Now, I get to write about Barca, analyse them, and voice my opinions on them across platforms. I’m happy to be a part of this big project.

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Messi and Suarez share a farewell message for Arturo Vidal

Zafer Cincil

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Inter Milan announced the signing of Arturo Vidal who will join the Italian club after his medical tests. Barcelona heavy-weights Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez shared a message to the Chilean:

Lionel Messi: “I knew you from facing each other, and you always seemed like a phenomenon, but then I was lucky enough to meet you personally and you surprised me even more. It was two years of sharing a lot of things and you noticed a lot, the locker room will miss you. I wish you all the best in this new phase at your new club. Our paths will cross again for sure.”

Luis Suarez: “Having you as a rival was unbearable because of how great you are as a player, but having you as a teammate, friend, and knowing you as a person is even bigger! A pleasure to have been with a star player like you. I wish you all the best.”

Vidal played a total of 96 games for Barcelona, scoring 11 goals and making 10 assists during the two seasons he spent at the Catalan club.

Stats: Transfermarkt

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