SportsThe Barça, with the rope around the neck

The Barça, with the rope around the neck


Ronald Koeman, at the Barcelona Sports City.MIGUEL RUIZ / FCB (Europa Press)

Barça cannot be required to win the Champions League, as Koeman assures. The team’s trajectory has been very erratic since Berlin 2015 and their defeats were historic in Rome, Liverpool and Lisbon. Assuming that it will hardly fight for the title, the team is required from the club itself that in the worst case it reaches at least the quarterfinals and allows entering the 20.2 million expected in the fiscal year of the season that includes a final profit of five million. The problem is that right now he runs the serious risk of not even reaching the group stage and therefore not reaching the last 16 after adding two consecutive 3-0 defeats against Bayern at the Camp Nou and Benfica in Da Luz. So he has no choice but to beat Dinamo Kiev today (18.45, Movistar) to keep his chances of being second and playing the pass with Benfica at the Camp Nou.

The Barça advantage of playing at home is conditioned by the schedule, very rare in Barcelona, ​​and by the manifest disaffection of the partners in important appointments such as last Sunday against Valencia. The absences do not favor Barça either. Araujo is suspended, Eric García will be suspended and Dembélé and Pedri have not yet recovered from injuries that will surely prevent them from playing against Madrid. And Dynamo Kiev always generates mistrust at the Camp Nou.

The young team of the veteran Lucescu, 76 years old, battled very well last season on the Barça court, despite the fact that it had up to nine casualties (2-1), and now it presents itself as a more experienced and ambitious opponent, thrashed in Munich (5-0) and instead able to tie with Benfica (0-0). Players like Tsygankov, with eight goals, Buyalskyi, Zabarnyi, Shaparenko or the Uruguayan De Pena already have a good lineup in Europe after shining in Ukraine.

“We have no alternative but to win yes or yes,” insists Agüero, debutant against Valencia in a match that raised Barça’s morale due to the good performance of the front and the harmony shown between Memphis, Ansu Fati and the good minutes of Coutinho, a player that Koeman trusts. The doubts are centered on defense because the Barça fans are unable to close Ter Stegen’s frame well. Jordi Alba’s recovery has favored the attack in the same way that the defense led by Piqué has not improved. Alba allowed Barça to gain breadth and depth on the left wing while Dest unbalanced at the end on the right, turned into a winger, guarded by Sergi Roberto.

“We also want to win,” Lucescu replied. “Barça is a young team, under construction, it is weak as it was seen against Bayern and therefore the fans will have to be patient,” he continued. “Koeman is right when he says that it will cost them to win something. Not everything depends on Ansu. Kun Agüero will also give them a boost ”, he commented. Barça needs its veterans to take on the pressure in a game with no margin for error: not winning would mean a new catastrophe in the Champions League.

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