The big UEFA Champions League clash is almost upon us and both teams are slowly getting into gear. But it’s almost as much a battle off the pitch as on it as Bayern fire shots at Barcelona, provoking the Catalans and their fans.
Mundo Deportivo have highlighted all the quotes from the Bavarian camp and their entourage that aim to get under their opponents’ skins. Their title says ‘Bayern provoke‘.
According to them, Bayern fire shots at Barcelona through some of their most prominent figures. Lothar Matthäus said Lionel Messi will now face the best player on the planet in Robert Lewandowski while Karl-Heinz Rummenigge declared Manuel Neuer to be a world-class goalkeeper while saying Marc-André ter Stegen still isn’t at that level.
And there are even more examples from players, pundits and influential people from their camp. It seems the psychological battle has already begun but the fans are more interested in what happens on the pitch.
That’s exactly what Sport are focusing on with their title ‘Duel of Goals‘. This, of course, is aimed at the Messi vs Lewandowski battle.
Lewandowski is in the form of his career and it will not be easy to contain him. However, Messi is Messi and you can never rule out Barcelona as long as he’s there. Such is his impact on the team and the opposition. But the Argentine will need some help from his teammates as well.
Still, this is a clash of the titans and for all the drama, issues and off-the-pitch shots, Friday can’t come soon enough.
Barcelona presidential candidate takes a jab at Madrid president, calls him VARentino Perez
The presidential elections are edging ever closer and the people are already picking their favourites. However, this battle has very much become a two-horse race and even calling it that is putting it quite mildly as well. Joan Laporta is, to many, the frontrunner for the position while Victor Font and Antoni Freixa are lagging far behind.
This is especially true for the latter who seems to stand no chance against two big names in the business. But Freixa is still trying and campaigning as well. One of his latest moves was actually taking a dig at both Real Madrid and his direct rivals.
Following in Laporta’s footsteps of mocking the Madridistas, according to AS‘ report, Freixa addressed Florentino Perez, Real’s president, as ‘VARentino’ in one of his slogans.
‘I will not allow VARentino to control LaLiga,’, read the slogan to be more precise. Of course, some socis will undoubtedly find this funny and appealing. After all, Laporta’s dig was well received in the community because Barcelona fans, and any other fans for that matter, like jabs like these that are aimed at their arch-rivals.
However, Freixa also took a dig at Laporta as well, calling him out for not attending the debate with himself and Font. Either way, we can safely say the tension is slowly but surely on the rise.
March is also rapidly approaching and the candidates are using all the aces they have up their sleeves. We still don’t know who will have the final say but at the same time, there are some indications suggesting there is a clear favourite after all.
We’ll just have to wait and see.