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.”
Koeman only has two options for the centre-back position against Juventus
After losing against Real Madrid, Ronald Koeman has yet another tough fixture to his rough start in Catalunya. In the second Champions League game of his tenure, Koeman faces Juventus in what seems like a battle of two struggling coaches. On the one hand, Andrea Pirlo is winless in his last three league games as Koeman is.
Moreover, Pirlo is missing three centre-backs, with Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt out for the Wednesday clash. Still, Koeman isn’t any luckier since Gerard Piqué is out because of the red card he got against Ferencvaros. Without the “President” in defence, the Dutchman will have to compose with Ronald Araujo and Clément Lenglet. The pair are two brilliant centre-backs who haven’t played alongside each other much, however.
This fixture is the hardest in the group for the Catalans as they face the toughest opponent away from home, a recurrent problem for the Culés in European competitions. Also, if something happens to Araujo or Lenglet, the backup defender is Oscar Mingueza. The youngster was included along with four other Barça B players in the UCL squad. This test will be interesting to see, and Koeman has to win his first big game with Barcelona.