The road is hard for Messi and his teammates.  Photo: AP.
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Barca is expected to be difficult in the Champions League


Marca and Mundo Deportivo news together “more or less good” is waiting for Barca when the Champions League returns this season.

“The road to Barca’s Champions League final has been laid out. Quique Setien teachers and students have to play the return leg of the 1/8 round at the Camp Nou with Napoli, but their opponents are stronger then,” Marca comments after the draw for the remaining knockout rounds of the Champions League, on 10/7.

The road is hard for Messi and his teammates. Photo: AP.

According to the draw results, if eliminating Napoli, Barca must encounter Chelsea or Bayern in the quarterfinals. With Bayern winning 3-0 at Chelsea in the first leg, “Gray Lobster” is more likely to wait for Barca in the quarterfinals. According to the Marca, Barca could be intimidated by Robert Lewandowski – the striker who scored 11 goals in the Champions League this season, as well as former player Thiago Alcantara.

The Spanish newspaper also predicted that Real would make it to the semi-finals, and that they could create El Clasico in the Champions League with Barca. Real are facing a disadvantage in the 1/8 round, losing to Man City 1-2 in the first leg at the Bernabeu. A reunion between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may also take place, if Juventus beat Lyon in the second leg round and then beat Real in the quarterfinals.

Barca need to learn from the bitter eliminations in the semi-finals against AS Roma and Liverpool in the last two seasons, if they want to participate in the final place on August 23. In the 2017-2018 season, Barca beat Roma 4-1 at Camp Nou but were eliminated by the away goal rule, when they lost 0-3 at Olympico in the second leg. The following season, Messi and his team won Liverpool 3-0 at the Camp Nou, but lost 0-4 at Anfield.

Mundo Deportivo also believe in the possibility of Real City in the 1/8 round. The Barca-friendly newspaper wrote that if the second leg took place in March, Man City is likely to continue but now the time is different. Mundo Deportivo Real assessment will make Barca difficult, if the two teams clash in the semi-finals.

Nhân Đạt (according to the Marca, Mundo Deportivo)

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