As beautiful as the wild youth of Ajax and the convincing Olympic calm of Tottenham, however, it is most likely that the winner of the current Champions League will have to look in a pair of Barcelona-Liverpool. Too many teams away from the rest of "people." In fact, the meeting of two "heavyweights", each of which has five wins in the League (Cup) of champions. End to the semifinals, in a single word.
"Barcelona", after having passed the 35th day of the Levante League, achieved the following, the 26th best team in Spain. To complete the win in the example, the Catalans went out to win the Copa del Rey final, in which the rooms of Valverde are considered the undisputed favorite. However, the main task of Blaugranas this season is to act successfully in the main tournament of the Old World club.
This has been the case of the last years (to be exact, four seasons), that the Catalan "car" did not rise to the league championship over the quarterfinals. The failure of the last year of the name of the Gypsies was especially indicative. Remember 3: 0 crazy Roma in favor of "wolves" after 1: 4 at the Camp Nou? And how to forget the confused side of Messi, who could not understand how it was possible to lose victory, that after the first game was almost in his pocket.
This season, "Barcelona" adapts very carefully to the matches of the Europa Cup. The team has increased significantly, mainly in the defense and the middle line, made work on their own errors and Valverde. Messi, who has not won titles outside of Spain for a long time, wants more victories than ever and will do everything possible to reach the final. In the final, which will give the Catalans the Champions Cup and their captain, to the next Ball of Gold. And there is no doubt that Barcelona residents, who have solved almost all of their tasks in the domestic sphere, will leave their skin to pass through Liverpool. And they have all the reasons for this.
However, the current seam "Leaver" is not enough. If last season, the brilliant game and attacking the "reds" became a revelation for almost everyone, as well as their appearance in the Champions League final in Kiev, then in the current season, the Merseysides, along with all the rest, added solidity and experience. This is no longer a team of three scored: Mane, Salah and Firmino, is already a cohesive team, where in each position there is a brilliant personality. Manager "ManSiti" Guardiola has just noticed that, they say, the current "Liverpool" – the best thing he has seen at all times. And, in principle, it is difficult not to agree with Barça's old coach.
Before visiting the Camp Nou, Klopp's team at the England Championship got mad at a match with Huddersfield: 5: 0. However, unlike his rival in the semifinals of the League, Liverpool has not yet decided its main task for the season: winning the Premier League. They have not yet had two fights, and the slightest mistake in any of them will automatically give the title "ManCity". And it can happen that even the maximum result of the other championship meetings does not bring the coveted title to "red", because "City" has a point advantage. Thus, everything is in the hands of the Guardiola team.
For rivals, the next game will be the ninth in the Europa Cup. So far, the advantage with the British: three wins. Two victories due to the Catalans; Three more games ended up in a draw. It should be noted that Barcelona won the last two games in Anfield, and Liverpool has never lost in the field of Barcelona.
Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona's main coach:
– Liverpool is a very strong candidate with a great advantage, since last year they reached the Champions League final, and now they are in the semifinals and continue to fight for the Premier League win. The matches against us will be very attractive for both Liverpool and the public. In fact, these games will be very difficult, since the end is already on the horizon. In addition, Liverpool will have more days to prepare and rest before the game with us. When it all started in July, we dreamed of being in the place where we are. We are ready to face our rival face to face.
Jürgen Klopp, Main coach of Liverpool:
– In my opinion, we are the only semifinalists who managed to reach this stage last season. I will play against Barcelona for the first time in official matches and I hope you. We are happy with the points won by Huddersfield and now we are totally focused on the next meeting: at the Camp Nou. We work hard and try to create problems for each opponent.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Lenglet, Alba, Roberto, Piquet, Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho, Messi, Suarez
Liverpool: Alison, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dyck, Lovren, Robertson, Milner, Fabinho, Henderson, Salah, Manet, Firmino.
May 1st, Wednesday
|"Barcelona" – "Liverpool"|
Barcelona Camp Nou. 22.00
BARCELONA – LIVERPUL. ONLINE CALL
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Forecast Sport.ua – 2: 1
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