FC Barcelona’s Optimism in Champions League Round of 16 Against Napoli

FC Barcelona’s Optimism in Champions League Round of 16 Against Napoli

02/20/2024 Act. at 13:53 CET

FC Barcelona plays this Wednesday the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League in Naples. A meeting that comes at a time of growing confidence in the team after the victory in Balaídos and the expedition has traveled to southern Italy with the conviction that they can surprise the most skeptical or critics in this competition.

The Champions League is practically the only bullet left for Barça this season, with Real Madrid’s lead very far away at eight points. The locker room is very focused and faces the crossroads with a high dose of optimism.o.

Booth sources consulted by SPORT They explained the feeling that reigns before this tie: “Why don’t they believe in us?”. A reflection that is argued by the Champions League format and confidence in the quality of the players in the squad.

Favorable format

The players consider that overcoming Real Madrid by eight points is a very complicated mission, but overcoming the two-legged crosses in Europe gives them more options. An analysis that the staff believe is not being carried out in the complex Barcelona environment.

Ilkay Gündogan himself, in an interview with La Vanguardia, expressed himself along these lines: “I’m going to be honest. I see other teams with more possibilities and experience. But if we qualify for the quarterfinals, we would enter special territory. Who could have expected that Inter would reach last year’s final? “I’m realistic, but I also know it’s difficult for everyone.”

Footballers like Gündogan, Lewandowski and Ter Stegen, who already know what it means to win a Champions League, are among the most convinced that anything can happen. The well-known veterans are joined by self-confidence and the enthusiasm that young people like Lamine Yamal, Cubarsí or Marc Guiu transmit.

Barça must do their homework first taking a step forward in Naples to seal the pass to the quarterfinals final on March 6 in Montjuïc.

Since then, FC Barcelona would be just four games away from reaching the Champions League final on June 1 at the talismanic Wembley stadium. The draw would be key, as has happened in other editions.

The cross between PSV Eindhoven and Borussia Dortmundfor example, will leave a rival against whom Barça would a priori be superior in the hypothetical quarterfinals.

Optimistic precedents

Last week it was proven that In the Champions League anything can happen with the difficulties that Real Madrid went through in Leipzig. Although they won 0-1, the Germans created a lot of problems for them to the point that the VAR saved the whites from a big scare by annulling a goal against the locals with much controversy.

Inter, Chelsea and Totenham are teams that have made it into the finals of recent editions when they were not favorites.. The Blues even defeated the big favorite, Manchester City, in the final.

The precedents, the quality of the players and Xavi Hernández’s desire to close his time as Barça coach with enormous joy are factors that can allow a dream that today seems unthinkable.

2024-02-20 12:26:59
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