The European Champions don’t want to lose their title
FC Barcelona finished the group stage of this year’s Champions League successfully. Pep’s team has achieved the first position of Group H, they didn’t lose any matches, and they won all of them except a draw against Milan. Thus, Barcelona reached the last 16 draw in the winner’s group and have been (luckily) paired with Bayer Leverkusen. Moreover, they will play the second-leg of the round at the Camp Nou, something that is always positive.
Everything seems to be looking good for Barça succeeding once more in the Champions League. The next step will be against Bayern Leverkusen in the last 16 knockout. They will play the first-leg at Leverkusen’s stadium, BayArena, on the 14th of February, and the second-leg at the Camp Nou on the 7th of March. Barça have, a priori, a double advantage over Bayer: they will play the second-leg at home and they are playing much better than the German.
If we focus on the results that both teams are achieving in their leagues, we can see that Barça are in the second position of La Liga (3 points away from Real Madrid), but they have just won the Clasico. However, Bayer Leverkusen are sixth in the Bundesliga and they are not playing well. Furthermore, Barcelona have better players than Leverkusen, so it seems it will be easy for Barça to reach the quarter-finals.
However, if we are as cautious as Guardiola, we should know that Barcelona are neither invincible nor luckier than the rest of teams: they win because of the effort they make. Pep is always cautious, regardless of the rival, but if Barça are facing a Champions knockout match, he’s even more cautious. Bayer Leverkusen is an experienced team in the Champions League and they have the football star Michael Ballack in their squad, so they will do all they can to defeat FC Barcelona. Moreover, they aren’t playing well in the Bundesliga, so they want to be better in the Champions.
Barça – Leverkusen will be a spectacular match, with good players… So don’t give it a second thought and buy your tickets for FC Barcelona – Bayer Leverkusen on our website!