He FC Barcelona debuts this Tuesday at the Champions League in a match against him Ferencváros Hungarian at the Camp Nou (9:00 p.m.), a duel in which there can be no other result than a victory for do not enlarge the sea of doubts the project seems to be getting into Ronald Koeman, Leo Messi and company.
The curtain of the best continental competition opens again and Barça faces it without knowing if it will be, again, a nightmare or if it will finally be the dream you have been searching and craving since 2015. So, he won it for the last time, but since then, many promises have fallen on deaf ears.
A special campaign, and not only because of the coronavirus, but because it can be a ‘Champions’ without an audience at the Camp Nou or, at least, without a fiefdom of great galas to fire, if there is no remedy or change at the last minute, Leo Messi in his last continental dance dressed as a Blaugrana.
There is much season left and there is in between a vote of no confidence and an election, but the tension of this summer between Messi and the current Board of Directors indicates that the ’10’ will leave. Before, he will fight for one more ‘Champions’ that resists him, and whose first day comes in a sea of doubts and without too much margin to enlarge them with the Camp Nou Classic on Saturday in sight.
Caused them the defeat in LaLiga Santander The leagueagainst Getafe (1-0), a team that had not beaten the Blaugranas since 2011. It did it this time, in a match without success for Messi and others, with clear wrong action for a Antoine Griezmann which has in Europe an escape valve to its new bad start to the campaign.
Without Marc-André Ter Stegen, without Jordi Alba or Umtiti, with the ‘star signing’ of Miralem Pjanic between cottons, but with Ansu Fati ready to be the rising star of this ‘Champions’ in the blaugrana – only blaugrana – decline of Messi, Ronald Koeman’s Barça wants to have its own voice in the fight for the title against the theoretically most affordable rival of a group with no more real demands than Juventus from Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Dutch coach himself, a Blaugrana hero in this competition when he still called himself European cup, recognizes that they are not the top favorite, but that they can go far. And, for this, they have to overcome the current Hungarian leader, a Ferencváros who will put his physique on the list against an infinitely superior Barça technically and who could take advantage of to make a rotation for the Classic. With everything, Coutinho and Ansu Fati, substitutes in Getafe, have many options go back to eleven instead of Pedri and Dembélé.
And that Barça is a clear favorite, and should not have any problem in an unprecedented confrontation, the bookmaker Betfair also says in its quotes. The culé victory is paid at 1.07 euros per euro wagered, the tie at 12 euros and the Hungarian victory, at 25 euros.
FC Barcelona: Net; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Dest; Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Coutinho, Ansu Fati; and Messi.
Ferencváros: Dibusz; Lovrencsics, Blazic, Kovacevic, Civic; Sigér, Kharatin, Somália; Zubkov, Isael and Nguen.
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI).
Stadium: Camp Nou.
Time: 21.00 / Movistar Champions League.