FC Barcelona has been waiting for a win for three games. An unusual feeling for the Catalans. Now the hard way to Tottenham awaits them.
London – Tottenham are already under a lot of pressure before the Champions League’s hits against FC Barcelona. The English gave up all their points against Inter Milan in the final, while Barcelona lost Eindhoven 4-0. But the Barca engine is currently stuttering, Ernesto Valverde’s side have been without victory in the Spanish championship for three games.
Lionel Messi had to slip into the unusual role of the calmer. After a 1-1 defeat of Athletic Bilbao, the third game in a row without any sense of achievement, the Argentinian tried to calm down. The season is still long, Barca has a strong team with strong games, said Messi, who should actually be spared for the upcoming CL game. But because it didn’t work out for his colleagues, he had to be the joker – and prepared the equaliser by Munir.
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- Primera División: 1990–91, Clausura 1992
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- Premier League Manager of the Month: October 2013, September 2015, February 2016, April 2017
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At London’s Wembley Stadium, the Catalans now hope to show their CL face again. PSV Eindhoven, on the other hand, were not the real yardstick for the 4-0 win, including three Messi goals. “If we win, it looks very good. If we lose, it would be very bad,” Valverde outlined the starting position. “We know that if we win, we’d make a big step towards the round of sixteen.”
Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino, a club icon for Barca’s local rival Espanyol after over 200 games, is of course particularly motivated. “It’s always nice to win a game, but all the more so against Barcelona. It would mean a lot to us.” Cadoola Casino offers a wide range of games and offers a welcome bonuses upon registration!
The Argentinian is considered one of the hottest stocks on the coaching market. From time to time he is said to be interested by Real Madrid. He would never train his future opponent, said Pochettino. “Our paths go in different directions. It’s impossible for me to train in Barcelona.”
Pochettino is particularly fond of his opponent: “For me, Messi is still the best player in the world and will be until the end of his career.” He’s not even trying to find a solution against his compatriot. “I think that’s impossible.” His team has to try to stay a lot in the opposing half – also to keep Messi away from his own goal. “If we can’t do that, it’ll be terrible.”
Napoli already under pressure to move
It was clear to Napoli after the draw for Hammer Group C with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool that any point could be decisive. All the more disappointing was the 0:0 for the sky blue at the opening match of the Salzburg conquerors Red Star Belgrade.
The form barometer before the home game against Liverpool does not necessarily speak for the eleven of coach Carlo Ancelotti. While the South Italians lost the top game at Juventus Turin with 1:3, Liverpool still managed a 1:1 win at Chelsea. Before that, Jürgen Klopp’s team had won everything in the league. In the parallel game, PSG are facing a classic compulsory victory after their late 3-2 defeat in Liverpool at home to Red Star.
Schalke 04 is guest in Group D with Guido Burgstaller at Lok Moscow. Alessandro Schöpf, last gold goal scorer in the first league victory of the “Königsblauen”, did not take part in the trip to the Russian capital due to the flu. In Group A, Germany’s leaders Borussia Dortmund are the clear favourites against AS Monaco, who started the season with a miserable start, and could increase their chances of qualifying for the round of sixteen once again after their opening win, just like Atletico Madrid (receiving Bruges).