Barcelona vs Liverpool: Liverpool employees at Dragao have already been distracted by the events in Manchester City, who thoughtlessly informed each other about the updates. You could not help but be distracted by how noisy that match against Tottenham was, but its consequences actually changed the whole dynamic around the semi-finals of Liverpool.
We know, of course, that Barcelona has always considered the Champions League their absolute priority this season. But should it be now, as Liverpool looks at it too? The emphasis on the race for the title and its pressure led to the fact that in their European matches there was more psychological freedom; that they were just in the evenings, not big days.
Now it can change even subconsciously because of the sudden threat of ending such a sensational season with nothing. The problem is that when confident Jürgen Klopp talked carelessly in Porto about playing for both main trophies, it was when there was still a lot more leagues to play for. There was also an unexpected possibility that the City would be frustrated due to the exclusion of the Spurs, and possibly lose more points in the league. This did not happen in the least.
City became the winner and became the winner in the three most difficult remaining matches of five after Tottenham, so most likely Liverpool now has the most difficult match in Newcastle United by Rafa Benitez. The glorious promise of their season now actually makes it all rather unreliable. Next week they will be able to see how they reach the Champions League final, and then finally win the Premier League for five days at Enfield. Or he could very quickly see that in the end nothing will come out, because the title race has become more loaded against them. They lack the capacity for the City to make the mistake they need.
A year after Bavaria defeated Barcelona, Tito Vilanova 7-0, told me furiously that the fundamental difference between the parties was that he and his teammates were exhausted and not in the best physical shape. and the Bavarians just flew in terms of pace, stamina and freshness. I was dubious; the problems seemed deeper. But only two seasons later, the Barça’s buzzing squad, which had not changed much, but was much more energetic after Luis Enrique turned his first XI heavily for many months, rather clinically sent the side of Bayern Pep Guardiola into what was epic Champions League semi-finals on the way to Barcelona second triple.
This lesson seems key. If Barça is fresh, not exhausted, then Liverpool is an outsider. Otherwise, it is the opposite. Although Valverde undoubtedly reduced the number of minutes of his vital, slightly older staff, was that enough? If Messi fulfills her promise to return the European Cup to Camp Nou, there should be a huge leap forward in intensity, speed, attention to detail, pressure and completion.
Liverpool, judging by their domestic and European form, is boiling. Barcelona, if you put in a thermometer, would show a cool temperature. What Barcelona has achieved by winning the title both early and with a decent margin, while reaching the European semi-final plus the Copa del Rey final, is special. So few clubs have won the triple because it is incredibly difficult; There will be days when you win by luck, thanks to the rude mistakes of the judges or, well, in general, when you really don’t know how you did it.
Therefore, if you look closely at the recent performance level of Barca – visiting United, Atletico’s home, 0-0 against Wesca, four against Realro, against Real Madrid Sociedad ”and sufficient chances to lose the“ Levante ”. – then the conclusion is made that any team in this situation will be considered the second favorite to eliminate such a phenomenon as “Liverpool”.
They know that they leave huge gaps between the lines, as they did against the Levante, rob the ball, give it off impartially, start to get nervous and allow the importance of the event to gnaw through their intensity and superiority, well, it will end their European season Goodbye, Vanda Metropolitan June 1 . Goodbye, Treble.
The peculiarity of Superman is that he always found a way to prevent kryptonite from finishing it – by hook or by crook, his cloak was always fluttering, he hovered over his clearly dominant rivals, his superpowers would always save the day. ,
The task of Barcelona between today and Wednesday is to reorient and accept that mental acuity, intensity, concentration and experience should evoke in them a 180-degree transition from an error-ridden, careless 90 minutes, which brought them the Spanish title one of the speeches of their whole life against the Liverpool side, which arrives at the Camp Nou, whether they admit it or not, expecting victory.