With Messi as the flag, Barcelona will try to overcome the mighty Bayern

With Messi as the flag, Barcelona will try to overcome the mighty Bayern

The Blaugrana team will seek to get into the semifinals of the Champions League: they will face in Lisbon a team that has not lost a game in all of 2020.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich go out to the court of Estádio da Luz from Lisbon this Friday in search of the ticket to the semifinals of the Champions League.

Led by Lionel Messi, the Blaugranas this time are on point: they are not favorites to beat a Bavarian team that has emerged as one of the most dominant teams in all of Europe in 2020.

Bayern’s numbers are eloquent: they have not lost a game this calendar year, they are on a streak of 18 consecutive wins in all competitions and have already won the Bundesliga and the German Cup in recent months.

Now they have the Champions League, where they also have fearsome numbers. So far they have won the eight games they played (they crushed Chelsea in the second round for a 7-1 aggregate) and they have Robert Lewandowski as the top scorer in the competition with 13 celebrations.

Since Hansi Flick took over the team for good, the Bavarians have exhibited a level unmatched in Europe, something that would make anyone doubt. But Barcelona is not just any team, and Lionel Messi is not just any player.

That is the most important reason why Quique Setién’s team allows itself to dream: it has the best in the world in its ranks. The Argentine had a great commitment last week against Napoli, on the second leg of the round of 16, although now he must raise his level in Lisbon.

The same will have to do his companions of attack. Neither Luis Suárez nor Antoine Griezmann have had a great season so far, but they can change those feelings if they show their best version at the most important moment of the year.

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