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Fc Barcelona: Quarter final curse

In 2016, Barcelona reached the quarter finals but was knocked out by Atletico Madrid, who reached the final and lost to city rivals Real Madrid. That year, Catalans went on winning the domestic double.

Next year Barcelona not only failed to go past quarter finals of Champions League but lost La Liga title to Real Madrid. That year is only remarkable for the comback Barcelona did against Paris Saint-Germain.

In the round of 16, first leg, PSG scored 4 without conceding any against the Catalan club. It felt like it was over for Barcelona. But at the Camp Nou, they made impossible possible by making the greatest comeback of the Champions League. With the help of iconic trio Messi-Suarez-Neymar and the hero of the night, Sergi Roberto, Barcelona won 6-1 over PSG and qualified for the next round. But the quarter final curse was following them. Barça got knocked out by Juventus. Who reached the final and lost against Real Madrid.

Last year, Barcelona again reached the quarters. Their opponent was Roma. After winning 4-1 at Camp Nou, they lost 3-0 and eventually were knocked out. Once again. But this time the team to knock out Catalans, didn’t reach the final. In 2018, Barcelona took back La Liga title and won Copa del Rey.

This year Catalans are starting without their legend Iniesta. But, unlike last year, they have Coutinho available for the Champions League. Last year he joined Barcelona in January and was already included in Liverpool’s squad, so, last season, he couldn’t help the team. Except Coutinho, Barcelona has new arrivals, who also seem to have keys for the Champions League final. And as well as Dembele, who, last year, spent most of the time being injured. With the new arrivals, Valverde can go back to the traditional 4-3-3 formation, which was the main problem of the last season.

Dani Ceballos under Zidane VS Ceballos under Lopetegui. Statistics

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