Sergi Roberto has spoken in the post-match interview following Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Napoli:
“The objective was to go to Lisbon and we achieved it, now we have to rest before facing Bayern Munich. There are no favorites, any team can win the Champions League and anyone can lose it. Every game is a final.”, said Roberto.
“We had the game controlled in the second half. The important thing is that they didn’t score goals, we controlled even though we did not have the ball as we would like.
“It’s not that the team should improve on something in particular. We must analyse Bayern, find their weak points, study them thoroughly… They’re a great team, with great players and it will be a very tough game.”, added the Barcelona midfielder.
Despite fans seeing Barça’s chances to win the Champions League title is lower than usual, Sergi Roberto is quite positive about winning the tournament: “We are three games away from becoming Champions League winners.”
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.