Barcelona Recapture Strong Spirit But Must Aspire To Avoid Pep Guardiola Reunion

Barcelona Recapture Strong Spirit But Must Aspire To Avoid Pep Guardiola Reunion

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By Andreas Vou (@AndreasVou89)

FC Barcelona wandered past Paris Saint-Germain in the Camp Nou on Tuesday having a 2- win, sealing a 5-1 aggregate score to reserve their devote the Champions League semi-finals for that seventh time within the last eight years.

Couple of anticipated a PSG comeback after losing 1-3 within the French capital, though a fast goal would be vital when they would stand an opportunity. An earlier goal did come after just 14 minutes, however it was the house side who first got it and therefore the tie was effectively over.

Andres Iniesta is a shadow of his former self this year, rarely using his unique touch to matches because he so frequently did in Bar?a’s glory days. However, he folded back time to assist his side proceed by having an assist which in fact had echoes of his famous burst through midfield to setup Samuel Eto’o within the 2009 Champions League final in Rome.

Picking the ball up from the inside their own half, El Ilusionista labored his magic to produce the outlet goal – first tiptoeing past Edinson Cavani, then gliding past Marco Verratti adopted with a perfect pass to Neymar who comfortably rounded the keeper before prodding the ball in to the empty internet.

David Luiz’s summary of last week’s match performed an essential part within the first-leg, because the Brazilian was two times nutmegged by Luis Suarez in order to his two fine solo goals making it a mammoth job for Laurent Blanc’s men. When the tie wasn’t already over at that time, it it was when another Bar?a forward grabbed a brace.

With Luiz from position because he was for that opening goal, Neymar found space in behind his fellow countryman. Dani Alves selected out Neymar by having an inswinging mix together with his less strong feet which his teammate nodded her head low and in to the corner. It had been Neymar’s 30th objective of the campaign, double the amount number he ended last season with.

If Iniesta’s assist introduced back recollections of this famous 2008-09 season, so should Barcelona’s attack. The legendary trio of Thierry Henry, Eto’o and Lionel Messi obtained a combined total of 100 goals for the reason that infamous treble winning season, which task has become within touching distance for today’s trident. Suarez, Neymar and Messi now need just five more goals hitting a lifetime mark, and who’d bet against them exceeding that figure with a minimum of ten matches remaining?

PSG were not able to exhibit any indications of a fightback, largely because of the impressive high tempo and intense off-the-ball pressure displayed through the Catalans. Despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic in along side it, there is hardly any for that big Swede to give off like a rigorous Bar?a side was at no mood for niceties- just the coming back Marco Verratti shared exactly the same appetite because the Blaugrana.

The scoreline after forty-five minutes permitted Bar?a to change from the engines and start in order to save energy within the other half in front of the local derby against RCD Espanyol on Saturday. Iniesta was handed the night time off in the break, changed by Xavi. Sergio Busquets was subbed off 10 mins later as too was Suarez to prevent any troubles late on, a predicament Luis Enrique could have been wishing for that previous night.

In the debut season in control, Enrique’s side goes from strength to strength because the manager is constantly on the accomplish the outcomes within the big games. The make an impression on PSG puts Enrique within the history books for earning probably the most victories associated with a Bar?a supervisor within the opening 50 matches in control. Win number 42 of year presently has Bar?a dreaming about a lengthy-anticipated go back to the Champions League final after last showing up around the grand stage this year.

This side seems to talk about a lot of the spirit from the type of 2009 – it had been a debut season in the helm for any certain Pep Guardiola who transformed the chances following a patchy start and also the current side’s upward surge in the business finish of year has began to infuse a powerful feeling of nostalgia.

While Bar?a were already home and dry against PSG, Guardiola’s Bayern Munich were transporting out a 6-1 destruction job on FC Porto, overturning the three-1 lack of the very first-leg. Despite the potential of a conference and among the clubs from Madrid, their former manager must certainly be viewed as the main one to prevent in Friday’s semi-final draw.



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