The Champions League, that beautiful cup desired by Messi and all Barcelona, and Lyon, one of the greatest gastronomic capitals in the world.
There is no better setting than today (9:00 pm/Movistar Champions League) for Barca to recover its best version with a ‘gourmet’ football that reconciles itself with itself in a fundamental section of the season.
With Atlético at seven points, Madrid now dropped to nine in the League and the Cup parked until the return of the Bernabéu of 27-F, the desired end of the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1 is six games. And tonight is not worth contemplating.
“If we play like that, we will have a bad time on Tuesday,” said Gerard Piqué on Saturday after a 1-0 defeat of Valladolid. The white defeat against Girona raised the spirits of the “Blaugrana people”, today with 1,200 stalwarts at the Groupama Stadium, but Barça has proposed to improve at all levels.
And of course, winning for the first time away from the Camp Nou in a continental elimination match since the first round of the 2015-16 against Arsenal (0-2). Since then, a goal in the only draw (1-1 against Chelsea) in the same round. The rest, four unappealable defeats and not a bit in favor of Atlético (2-0), PSG (4-0), Juventus (3-0) and Roma (3-0).
Tottenham, Inter and PSV
The fantastic group in a group of death against Tottenham, Inter and PSV, with 14 points out of 18 possible, should be the benchmark for the team of Ernesto Valverde, more than warned after the debacle of Rome 10 months ago in the quarterfinals and the performance of a Lyon that won (1-2) at home Manchester City in the group stage and almost also at home (2-2).
Those of Guardiola, at the mercy of many minutes of the neglected football of the pupils of Bruno Genesio, only drew at the end of the corner. And three weeks ago, Lyon was the first and only one to defeat PSG (2-1) in Ligue 1.
Today, his great star, Nabil Fekir, will not be on penalties and Denayer’s discomfort makes the coach hesitate usual behind three after the good performance in the last month with four behind.
Ferland Mendy, left-back who is very fond of Abidal, Aouar and Dembélé will be three of the tricks against a Barça that will come out with everything.
Semedo points to the eleven on the right side after resting in Liga as Lenglet and Rakitic. Arturo Vidal seems favorite to be the other in the absence of the missed Arthur.
Suarez, Leo, Piqué and Busquets
And above, Suarez, who has not yet debuted in this Champions League and has not scored since September 2015, will return to the starting line with Messi and Dembélé. Barça is not for jokes in bad taste.
Leo, Piqué and Busquets already had a hard time at the old Stade Gerland in Lyon in the first leg of the round of 2009. Benzema, Juninho and company pardoned the ‘Pep Team’, who came out alive thanks to Henry’s 1-1. They are all more than warned. Including the brand new renovated Valverde.