The champion began the final stretch of their title defense with the need to forget Pamplona.
The eleven of Pep never won the first leg of eighth, but this team goes as a rocket in Europe.
Nothing better than the Champions to leave behind the unpleasantness of Pamplona, where more than half escaped League. Nothing better than the European competition, in which the Barca defending champion to regain feelings and self esteem. The second round first leg against Bayer Leverkusen is the first of the six games leading to the final in Munich, also in Germany . The set of Pep Guardiola arrived yesterday in Germanic lands with the five senses in a game that already was key but after Saturday's loss is crucial. Players need to give yourself a boost and are advised of how difficult it can be: Barca of Guardiola has never won the first leg of the Champions League knockout.
One can break losing streak tonight. The European Barca , as the Cup, remains intact. Prove it is the challenge Barca in the BayArena Leverkusen , where low temperatures will not affect the team as much as the grass marmoleum Pamplona or arbitral torture each league match. In the Champions League, Messi leads the filmmakers table with 6 goals, the same as Mario Gomez, Bayern Munich, and one over the other gunner in the lead, Seydou Doumbia, CSKA Moscow, while Cristiano Ronaldo is not listed among the Top.
Highlight the position of Peter, who now has four goals in the great competition, where best use has been made the few moments of fullness that injuries have allowed. As expected to be a spring azugrana in Leverkusen , five below zero, the canary promises end up that role for all but especially for "plugging everything that comes," as it says Guardiola once.
Neither Ronaldo is well placed in the ranking of finishers, where Leo sum 17 ahead of the 16 Hulk (Porto), in another example of the current difference between the debauchery of the League and the parties still serious Champions . Another good sign of European health of this team is the role of Isaac Basin among the first participants of the tournament, with 3 assists, just two less than the first pin today, Gaitan, the surprising and dangerous Basel, and one of Leo and Benzema, with four assists. No sign of Ronaldo, also invisible fouls, while Messi have made 17, surpassed only by Ribéry (23) and another pillar of Basel, Shaqiri (21). Ronaldo has received 7 faults, the same as Puyol and Alves.
No recession, because in Champions . The champion needs to keep the winning streak to build self-confidence and ward off ghosts. (via MD)