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    Barcelona collapse again in the Champions League

    10 May 2019 | Champions League | Opinion
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    Barcelona collapse again in the Champions League

    On Tuesday night, Liverpool hammered Barcelona 4-0 in the Champions League semi-final second leg to progress to the final courtesy of 4-3 on aggregate victory.

    The home side produced a top display and were just too good for Catalan giants in the end. No doubt they deserve massive credit for the result.

    However, Barcelona for the second season in a row have collapsed in the latter stages of the Champions League. Ernesto Valverde’s side only had to avoid a 4-0 defeat at Anfield to secure a place in the final of Europe’s elite competition.

    One away goal would have all-but finished the tie. The mission seemed simple enough, especially as the Reds were missing key players in Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

    Valverde’s side were outplayed, and the Barcelona boss outthought by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. They simply had no answer to a passionate and determined display from the home side.

    The defeat had echoes of last season against Roma in the quarter-final. Barcelona recorded a comfortable 4-1 win and it was assumed that the Catalan side would progress to the semi-finals of the competition. However, the Giallorossi managed a 3-0 victory at the Stadio Olimpico and progressed in the competition on away goals.

    In both away legs, Barcelona failed to do what top sides do, they failed to close the tie out. For all the attacking talents of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, they struggled for the pragmatism and tactician nous needed to win the Champions League.

    Barcelona have been able to win back-to-back La Liga titles. In truth, though, the likes of Atletico Madrid, and especially Real Madrid have been poor this season. They will be stronger next season.

    Barcelona will also be stronger next season, but they need to learn from their European mistakes. If they do not, then the Catalan giants will continue to produce terrible collapses in the latter stages of the Champions League.

    Predictions for Champions League

    Home team - Away team Forebet
    flag_13 UCL
    Galatasaray SKClub Brugge
    26/11/2019 18:55
    2
    flag_13 UCL
    Real MadridParis St. Germain
    26/11/2019 21:00
    1
    flag_13 UCL
    TottenhamOlympiakos Pireus
    26/11/2019 21:00
    1
    flag_13 UCL
    FK Crvena ZvezdaBayern München
    26/11/2019 21:00
    2

    Champions League - predictions, tips, statistics
    Group A
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. Paris St. Germain 13 5 4 1 0 12 2 10
    2. Real Madrid 8 5 2 2 1 11 7 4
    3. Club Brugge 3 5 0 3 2 3 9 -6
    4. Galatasaray SK 2 5 0 2 3 1 9 -8
    Group B
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. Bayern München 15 5 5 0 0 21 4 17
    2. Tottenham 10 5 3 1 1 17 11 6
    3. FK Crvena Zvezda 3 5 1 0 4 3 19 -16
    4. Olympiakos Pireus 1 5 0 1 4 7 14 -7
    Group C
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. Manchester City 11 5 3 2 0 12 3 9
    2. Shakhtar Donetsk 6 5 1 3 1 8 10 -2
    3. Dinamo Zagreb 5 5 1 2 2 9 9 0
    4. Atalanta Bergamo 4 5 1 1 3 5 12 -7
    Group D
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. Juventus FC 13 5 4 1 0 10 4 6
    2. Atlético Madrid 7 5 2 1 2 6 5 1
    3. Bayer Leverkusen 6 5 2 0 3 5 7 -2
    4. Lokomotiv Moscow 3 5 1 0 4 4 9 -5
    Group E
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. Liverpool 10 5 3 1 1 11 8 3
    2. SSC Napoli 9 5 2 3 0 7 4 3
    3. RB Salzburg 7 5 2 1 2 16 11 5
    4. Racing Genk 1 5 0 1 4 5 16 -11
    Group F
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. FC Barcelona 11 5 3 2 0 7 3 4
    2. Inter Milano 7 5 2 1 2 9 7 2
    3. Borussia Dortmund 7 5 2 1 2 6 7 -1
    4. Slavia Praha 2 5 0 2 3 3 8 -5
    Group G
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. RB Leipzig 10 5 3 1 1 8 6 2
    2. Lyon 7 5 2 1 2 7 6 1
    3. Zenit 7 5 2 1 2 7 6 1
    4. SL Benfica 4 5 1 1 3 7 11 -4
    Group H
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. AFC Ajax 10 5 3 1 1 12 5 7
    2. Chelsea 8 5 2 2 1 9 8 1
    3. Valencia CF 8 5 2 2 1 8 7 1
    4. Lille OSC 1 5 0 1 4 3 12 -9

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