Barcelona to focus all concentration on winning the Champions League
Realistically, Barcelona’s league campaign has all but ended. Even their manager Pep Guardiola has abandoned hopes of acquiring another La Liga title before his imminent departure from Nou Camp in the summers. In the wake of all this Barcelona are left with just one major cause and that is the UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona should put all of their efforts into securing a spot in the last eight of Champions League this week. In a recent interview, midfielder Sergio Busquets ask his teammates to concentrate on the coveted European tournament and to leave the refereeing row the Catalan club has been associated with.
Spokesman from the Barcelona board, Toni Freixa was the culprit for an uproar when he declared that Barcelona’s treatment at the hands of officials this season has been dismissive. Defender Gerard Pique fueled the fire by stating that his sending off against Sporting Gijon was “pre-meditated”.
This issue is certainly one that the Spanish football federation (RFEF) will take into consideration. Meanwhile, Busquets reckons this matter should not disturb the players. Busquets asked his teammates to concentrate on their upcoming Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen. The Spanish giants will host Leverkusen at Nou Camp with a 3-1 lead from the first leg.
“We want to stop talking about referees. Tomorrow is a very important game and what we want is to talk about football,” Busquets said.
“If the club must speak out, we (players) are not the people. We are dedicated to play, nothing more. Discussions, debates...the press do them.”
Busquets believes Pique will be able to pick himself up from the refereeing saga to return with his top notch form against the German outfit on Wednesday.
“Gerard is well focused on the match tomorrow. What happened already happened, and many people have spoken about it. We just think of the Leverkusen game,” Busquets said.
Leverkusen will come to Spain in hopes of overturning a 3-1 deficit from the first leg. The German club is in good form having won three consecutive Bundesliga games. Although, they are Schalke for the fourth spot in Bundesliga, a 2-0 win over second placed Bayern Munich has increased their chances of playing in Champions League next season.
Manager Robin Dutt and his men will be greeted by 4,000 fans at Nou camp this year. In his pregame interview, Dutt informed that his men had been working hard for their match against Barcelona, therefore returning to Germany with a victory would be the pinnacle of their happiness.
“It is great that so many fans will be accompanying us,” Butt said. “Barcelona is definitely worth the trip.
“We go there with self-confidence and will see what we can do with this scoreline.”