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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Since when has Barcelona not stopped qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League?

The Barcelona Soccer Club will play this Wednesday against Bayern Munich by the final date of the group stage of the UEFA champions league. It is a match that will be played at Allianz Arena behind closed doors due to the rise in coronavirus infections and in which the Catalans will seek the classification to the second round, an instance to which they have progressed consecutively during the last two decades of the League of Champions. As the statistics show, the last time the Catalans did not pass their series was in the 2000-01 season with the AC Milan, Leeds United and Besiktas.

Back then, the Barcelona, which included figures such as Frank de Boer, Pep Guardiola, Rivaldo, Patrick Kluivert, among others, started Group H of the Champions League on the right foot, beating the English 4-0 at Camp Nou. Qualifying seemed on track, but …

The Catalans were unable to repeat the win against Leeds and lost in their next two games to Besiktas (3-0 away) and AC Milan (0-2 at home). In the rematch match against the Italians, at San Siro, they could barely salvage a point (3-3), a result that began to complicate them.

With four points in the bag, until that moment, and with two games to go, Barcelona achieved equality (1-1) at Elland Road and on the last date they beat Besiktas at home (5-0). However, the bulky result was not enough to qualify for the next round of the Champions League.

With only eight units in the standings, Barcelona had to settle for being third, a position that led them to contest the 2000-01 UEFA Cup. In the aforementioned tournament, which today has been replaced by the Europa League, the ‘Blaugranas’ were eliminated in the semifinals by Liverpool.

Xavi believes in victory

The Barça coach has no doubts that FC Barcelona, ​​despite the bad results it is reaping at the start of the season, can win at the Allianz Arena and enter the next stage of the Champions League.

“I see the team capable of winning in Munich, we have no choice, we have no choice but to go to win. The most important thing is that we depend on ourselves. We will be protagonists of the game “The Egarense coach announced at a press conference last Saturday.

It should be remembered that the last time that Barcelona and Bayern Munich played without an audience was in August 2020 for the quarterfinals of the Champions League. That match ended in a real disaster for the Catalans after an 8-2 defeat at the Da Luz stadium in Lisbon (Portugal).

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