Messi against ghosts – AS.com

first_imgThe Barça from Messi arrives at Maradona temple with many tasks to accomplish and traumas to overcome (follow the game live on As.com). Barcelona returns to the maximum European competition (9:00 p.m., San Paolo, Movistar Champions League) with a depleted equipment, with the ghost of the debacles of Rome Y Liverpool still stinging and with the doubt of how the Setién team in his first European contest against a rival in clear progression.Further, Naples he has taken the game as a liturgy. The return of God’s successor Maradona, whose presence is still alive in each corner of the city and where he is venerated as a saint, he gives the party a special air. In Naples everything is grandiloquent: the carnival, the celebration of the prodigy of San Gennaro, traffic, food, Life in short. And football could not remain in the background to this celebration. Less when the Barcelona to San Paolo. Blaugrana are considered a “team friend” by the demanding Neapolitan fan, which does not mean in the least that there will be no kind of clemency, but get awayto of the hostility that the great enemies receive. That kind of visceral hatred is reserved for teams like the Juventus or those of northern Italy. Therefore, to Messi he was received as a hero upon arrival at the hotel, but during the game San Paolo will roar. And there will come the first test for Barcelona, ​​which in addition to compete with your legs, you should do it with head. The Blaugrana team aspires to take off once and for all from above the slab of falling before ehellish scenarios. Over the past few years, the Champions League has gone to Barça through the sump in disconnection moments in Turin, Rome or Liverpool (not to mention the Paris disaster that he fixed on the turn) who have left their scar on the team. Said Setien in the previous press conference that of those experiences barely talk in the dressing room. They are like those bitter memories that are there and that nobody wants to remember, but that one day or another must be overcome. It may be Messi the one who took the first step to overcome the trauma when last week he said that the Barcelona team, because of its current status, does not seem to be the favorite to win the Champions League.A realism exercise and a good way to free yourself from a responsibility that has crushed the Blaugrana in the last three seasons. For face your first duel from Champions, Setien arrives with nothing, 14 players of the first team. The last injuries from Jordi Alba and of Sergi Roberto They leave the marked cards. A defense with Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet and Junior; midfield for Busquets, Arthur and De Jong and Arturo Vidal supporting in attack to Messi and Griezmann.In Naples, Gattuso He puts on the sheepskin he never used when he was a great Milan player to praise Barça de Setién. They say that prepare a “cage” to control Messi, who will play guarded by his markers and the shadow omnipresent Diego.last_img

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