09/14/2021 at 6:58 AM CEST
Barça and Bayern will meet again tonight at the Camp Nou with Lisbon 2-8 flying over the minds of both squads. There are many protagonists who have stayed along the way, including the two coaches, but they are also the footballers who experienced both sides of the coin of a historic match. Positive for the Germans and negative for the Blaugrana.
Busquets assured in the previous one that “this match has to be different and it will be & rdquor ;. The Barça captain is one of the survivors of that nightmare in the Champions League together with the also starters Ter Stegen, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba, Sergi Roberto and De Jong. It is easy to assume that all of them will come out with an extra motivation to look for a victory with which to turn the page against Bayern. Neuer, Davies, Kimmich, Goretzka, Gnabry, Muller and Lewandowski will repeat in the German team.
In August 2020, with Flick on the bench, the Bavarians jumped onto the pitch convinced not only of winning, but of being in a position to overwhelm their rival, as it ended up happening. They knew they were absolutely superior physically and energetically to pass the roll. The former Bayern coach had studied Quique Setién’s men to the millimeter, who were outmatched in every way.
A year later nothing has changed. Nagelsmann is now the one who commands the board, but his obsession to analyze the rival is the same or higher and, indeed, in the German dressing room optimism remains at its highest. Despite the praiseworthy statements made by their players during the preview, the reality is that those who lead the Bavarian project continue to feel far superior to Barça, especially on a physical level. They understand that those of Koeman have won in youth with the presence of Pedri or Eric Garcia, but they are also aware that the lack of experience in big events can take its toll on them. Bayern arrived at the Camp Nou grown grown and the precedents prove them right. They want to repeat what happened in Lisbon and they feel ready for it.