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.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.