Barcelona have a great opportunity to book themselves a place in the last 16 of the Champions League when they face Dynamo Kiev at the Camp Nou on Tuesday evening.
A win for the Catalans would certainly suggest they would have taken optimum points from the first 3 match days, and would certainly almost guarantee them a place in the knockout phases.
Barcelona are heavy favourites coming into the match, and their Ukrainian challengers are not helped by the fact that they are missing out on a variety of key players that have actually gotten coronavirus.
Actually, Kiev’s team is so decimated, that the match is most likely to be suspended must anymore players contract the infection in the build-up to the match.
Although the Catalan giants have battled in LaLiga Santander so far, their type in Europe has been nothing except convincing.
Ferencvaros handled to keep Barcelona at bay for the first half an hour of the match, yet the Hungarian champs completely fell down after yielding the first goal.
Barcelona were even more persuading last break against Juventus, when the group provided their best performance so far under Ronald Koeman, going out 2-0 victors in Turin thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi.
As a result, the issue lies not in Europe, yet instead in La Liga where inconsistency has actually cost Barcelona, as seen in Saturday’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Deportivo Alaves.
In the past 4 LaLiga Santander matches, the Catalans have actually taken just 2 explain of a feasible twelve, after beats against Getafe and Real Madrid in El Clasico.
Koeman has actually prioritised meritocracy over age by providing youngsters Ansu Fati and Pedri a possibility to earn their place in the starting line-up.
The team believes provided indicators of improvement since Quique Setien’s disastrous spell in charge, however, they have actually not yet been consistent enough.
Despite being joint-top scorers in Europe with 7 along with Manchester United, their major issue so far in LaLiga Santander has been scoring goals, a problem they are not aware of.
The Catalans have actually squandered many chances to win those 4 league games, and the obligation is on Messi and Antoine Griezmann to find up with the vital goals.
Both have actually scored just one LaLiga Santander goal this period, with Griezmann getting his initial against Alaves last time out, a far cry away from what has come to be expected of both.
Barcelona will certainly welcome the return of front runner goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to the playing team, after second choice Neto cost them all 3 points on Saturday evening in Alaves.