The shocks from FC Barcelona’s loss to Bayern Munich in the first leg UEFA Champions League semi-finals remain. It has been the subject of discussion with talk about the causes, rebuilding, transfers and the end of an era.
Xoel Cardenas, in one of his recent B/R articles, talked about the causes of Barca’s defeat. He talked about rebuilding the team in the same article.
The transfer talks have Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels telling Sport Bild (h/t Goal.com) that he would be open to a move to Barca, and the same applies to Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva.
Andres Iniesta went so far as to deny the end of Barca’s football era in a press conference. The press conference was published in The Guardian.
While it is easy to talk endlessly about Barca’s defeat, we can turn this around. It will not be an easy task, and a solution is urgently needed.
It is necessary to discuss some of the mistakes made and their results in the first leg. The purpose is to arrive at a solution for the second leg of the UCL semi-finals.
The defense in FC Barcelona left much to be desired in organization. The likes of Gerard Pique and Marc Bartra were unable to provide a coherent defense.
Pique did not provide the help Bartra needed, which resulted in goals being conceded.
Bayern Munich saw this and surprised Barca with an almost flawless defense according to captain Philipp Lahm (via Goal.com). What is needed is a strong defense in a short time.
Bartra needs to play a proactive role along with Cristian Tello, Marc Muniesa, Thiago Alcantara and Marin Montoya. They can provide a strong, coherent and coordinated defense in midfield.
They can score the goals needed with a possession of the ball like they did in the match against Zaragoza.
Lionel Messi is a legend among legends in football. Unfortunately, Barca are too dependent on Messi.
La Blaugrana will have to find ways in this match to prove that they can continue without Messi. This is possible since FC Barcelona defeated Zaragoza without Messi a few weeks ago.
Zaragoza and Bayern Munich are not the same type of team, but everything is possible in sports.
Five Goals, Willpower and Loyalty
La Blaugrana must score five goals and hope Bayern does not score in the second leg. This is a daunting task after the debacle in Germany.
In extreme cases, the internal factor, or willpower, goes a long way. FC Barcelona published an article about a mosaic with Catalan and Barca colors.
This can be used as a way of stimulating Barca to victory. While it may help, team loyalty to Barca in good times and bad is necessary.
The only thing that needs to be said is VISCA BARCA!!!