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Més que Un club

More than a club
Started on 17 March 2020 by ML Scouter
Latest Reply on 16 August 2020 by ML Scouter
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Set to be an entertaining clash!


4/5/2022
CLSF Leg 2


Barcelona make it to a successive Champions League Final, where they will face Liverpool at the Allianz Arena!

The early goal for Lyon could have been a turning point in the tie as Barcelona have been on the wrong side of comebacks in recent seasons, but under this coach it never looked likely. Fornas trusts his players and they trust him to make decisions that will benefit the team. It took them just 12 minutes to get a goal back and going into half time 3-1 up on aggregate FCB were in a strong position. The subs made no real difference for Lyon which wasn’t surprising considering two were defenders, including Cömert who would later be sent off for an awful challenge on Emerson at the edge of the Lyon box. The freekick then resulted in a penalty for a push on Mbappé. With just 3 minutes left Messi had the chance to put the home side 3 goals clear and cement their place in the final. SAVED! The Lyon captain dived low to his left to stop the shot, but it made no difference as the FT whistle blew…


The possession stats were not heavily in Barca’s favour and how people might expect, but they only allowed 5 shots on target for Lyon, blocking shots in any which way they could. They didn’t win on the night, but this team plays like a team, they showed the grit and a desire to make it through becoming the first Barcelona side to reach 2 finals in 2 years!


Borja Fornas - We hoped for this moment again coming into the season, but you can never expect to reach another final of a knockout competition as so much can happen! To see a team play with such a desire to win is a pleasure and all our hard work over this season means we can enjoy the last 3 games of the season before the final.

Liverpool will be a very tough test as we have seen over the years. They are a club who's fans live for European football and we have to be ready for everything they will throw at us. We have a few weeks now to prepare ourselves physically and mentally and there are no guarantees that those who started tonight will start the final so every player has to show they deserve to be there.

Barcelona and Liverpool have met 6 times in the Champions League, with FCB 3 wins, 1 draws and 2 wins to Liverpool.

20/1/2001 Liverpool 1-3 Barcelona 2nd group phase
13/3/2002 Barcelona 0-0 Liverpool 2nd group phase
21/1/2007 Barcelona 1-2 Liverpool R16
6/3/2007 Liverpool 0-1 Barcelona R16
1/5/2019 Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool SF
7/5/2019 Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona SF

It would be hard to look past these two teams as the best in the world currently, which makes it one of the most exciting finals in recent memory!
I would have looked quite silly if you didn't reach the final after I remarked it would be an entertaining final between the two of you. Glad I needn't worry ;)
A chance for Barca to take revenge on Liverpool after 2019's match at Anfield. Hope Barca are prepared for quick corner-taking ;)
ScottT - I didn't want to jinx it but it was pretty much guaranteed after the first leg :)

Zed - How dare you! ;)
8/5 MD36

It took 14 minutes for Barcelona to get the winner in this one with the Brazilian midfielder Arthur with the goal. You might have expected a better reaction from the home side who sit 16th in the league, but they end the day clear from relegation due to their H2H record against Alavés.

11/5 MD37

A 4-0 route at the Camp Nou took Barcelona level with the record points total in Spanish football history with a game to go!

It wasn’t vintage Barcelona by any stretch for the first half, despite a penalty after just 9 minutes scored by Mbappé as Messi started on the bench for this one. The home side levelled history without getting past 2nd gear, but it was all they needed to thrash Girona here.

15/5

Big news in Europe prior to the last La Liga game with Bayern and Dortmund sacking their managers!
More news on why that was in an upcoming update.

15/5 MD38

Barcelona wrap up their 2021/22 campaign with their 10th win in a row and 33rd of the season!
The result means they have broken the wins and points record in a season, which will take some beating. But it’s Real Madrid who beat the goals conceded record with only 15 against.

There are now just 14 days left until the Champions League Final and the prospect of another European title for these two elite clubs.

Borja Fornas – We are all so proud to have broken records this season and I’m sure the points hall achieved will last for a very long time yet. But our season isn’t over, we have used these games to prepare for the final game and it’s given us chance to test different ways of playing.


The teams performances have brought the fans back into the Camp Nou, with Europe's highest average attendance.
A great season and a record to be very proud of!

La Liga Awards


Manager of the Season

Player of the Season

Top Goalscorer

Best Goalkeeper

TOTS


Unsurprisingly it's FCB who top the majority of awards this season after a stellar campaign that may see them become the first team to win 3 trebles! League, Cup and Champions League.




Manchester City bottle the title again after losing on the final day!
The result means Liverpool are record champions and equal the record of 3 successive titles.



Inter Milan win their first title since 2010!
They now move 2nd in the all time list of title winners on 19, ahead of their rivals Milan on 18 and 17 behind Juventus on 36.

Down at the bottom Fiorentina are relegated to Serie B for the first time since 2003/04, which was down to them being denied entry to Serie B in 2002, having entered administration they were sent to Serie C.
But their situation isn't like that at all here after Rocco Commisso bought the club in 2019 for around £200m!



The Neverkusen tag is well and truly wiped of in the Bundesliga this season as Leverkusen win their 1st title in their history!
2nd and 3rd for Bayern and Dortmund respectively wasn't enough for their manager to keep their jobs.



As the other 'Top 4 Leagues' appear to be getting tighter at the top, we head to France where PSG win their 5th consecutive title and overtake Saint-Etienne and Marseille as the most title won! (11)
Congratulations to Fornas on winning the Manager of the Season award. City well and truly bottled the title!
2020-06-16 21:49#274333 ScottT : Congratulations to Fornas on winning the Manager of the Season award. City well and truly bottled the title!

It's amazing that they managed to do it again :)
Insane how Mbappe wasn't even among the top three of POTY. Other than that, plenty of awards won, and deservedly so!

You don't get much bigger than this as two of football's heavy weights will be entering the astonishing Allianz Arena for the 2021/22 Champions League Final!

It's the first final to take place here since 2012 when Chelsea became champions for the first time against Bayern (the home side) and it is the 1st final between the clubs.

The current holder of the competition are playing the 2019 winners, both clubs looking to equal A.C. Milan on 7 wins.

CL FINAL BUILD-UP

Managers –
Jürgen Klopp – We come into this game as underdogs, we know that, but we have proven that we are at this level. We don’t need to think about the past between these clubs; as it has been years since we last met, or what has happened to get to this point because I know that my players will give everything in the game tonight and it’s up to me to get everything and more out of them.

Borja Fornas – We should be proud of what has been achieved to this point, but our ambition is always to win whatever is next. The ambition I have to add another European title is as strong as last year and from what I have seen from the players they feel the same.

Journalist – Have you looked back on the previous game against Liverpool in 2019 and thought of what you might do differently to combat them?

Borja Fornas – Every Barcelona fan remembers the feeling of that night and how painful it is to be so close to something that gets away from you. I wasn’t at the club at that time, so I can’t tell you what was said in the build-up or at any of point but of course we have analysed our opponents and the players are fully aware of what we are up against. We all have our roles to make us successful.

We expect goals in this one as it’s a match-up between the top scorers in the competition.
Liverpool have 29 goals so far and Barcelona 26.
Barcelona have the top scorer in this years edition as Mbappé has 10 goals (his best CL season), but Liverpool aren't far behind with Mané on 8 and Firmino 6.

Kick-off will be at 20:00, with the experienced Cüneyt Çakır as referee...
A huge night ahead. Best of luck!
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Team News
Barcelona –
Just 5 players from last season’s final make the Barcelona team this time around: Ter Stegen, de Ligt, Busquets, Arthur and Messi. The 6th player who was involved in that is Lenglet but he is on for Liverpool.

Liverpool –
There are just 3 changes from the FA Cup winning side a week ago (Arsenal 0-2). Henderson, Origi and Fabio Silva drop to the bench for Keita, Rony Lopes and Firmino.


KO

16’
Grimaldo makes his way down the left hand side of the pitch, but Lopes has tracked back well for Liverpool and just gets a foot in before he can make the cross. Pedri picks it up for Barca, he plays it away from the Liverpool area to Busquets who clips a cross over first time with his left foot, Robertson leeps to clear away but miss times his jump and it falls to Messi in the area. One. Two touch and shoots… Messiii!!! 1-0 Barcelona and it’s the main man!

That ball from Busquets was world class it must have been 35 yards out and to take It first time over the top. Messi peeled away from Robertson and the left-back looked to jump too early, then it went into the one man on the planet you don’t want in your box. Then Alisson falls to his knees with no chance.

34’
Fabinho makes his way into the Barcelona half and there’s no one closing on him, he passes wide to Robertson hoping to make up for that mistake. It’s Messi defending on the far side. Foul. The ref brandishes the yellow card for the goalscorer but looking at the replay it’s harsh.

HT

Barcelona have a real swagger about them which takes us back to their golden era of 2008-2012. It's hard to look past them finshing this off in the second hald, but Liverpool have a history of comebacks!

50’
Wague has it in a good position for a cross, but he choses to pass it inside for Arthur, who plays a quick one-two with the RB before firing a ball across to the left. Mbappe picks it up before playing a ball inside for Pedri one touch and shot but blocked by Van Dijk and back out for Mbappe he skips past Gomez and… GOAL! No! It’s been disallowed and I have no idea why?

55’ Sub LFC – Fabinho makes way for Chamberlain as LFC look to chase the game a little.

56’
Arthur inside to Busquets, who of course finds Messi and Barcelona look to counterattack, Messi plays it over the top to Mbappe, who has no support and 4 Liverpool players ahead of him. Lenglet is just standing him up at the edge of the area, as Mbappe looks to skip past him he sticks a foot out and the ref blows up! Penalty? I didn’t see a flag from the linesman who was closest, so it’s going to VAR which means they are looking if it was in the area. Çakır doesn’t look at it for very long which is worrying for Liverpool. It’s a penalty! VAR confirms it. Mbappe is receiving treatment for that challenge as the players get ready for the pen. It will be Messi against Alisson at a vital moment in the game.

Goal!!! Alisson guessed the right way, but it was too powerful into the bottom right corner. He runs over to Mbappe, who got injured for the pen and with just over half an hour to go and Barcelona may have just won this.


58’ Sub LFC – The club captain is on for Liverpool as Henderson replaces one of the heroes from the previous meeting, Wijnaldum.
64’ Sub LFC – The final change for Liverpool as Origi (Oh no!) comes on for Lopes, who hasn’t played well tonight.

66’
The corner in from Barcelona is easily cleared by Van Dijk, it’s into Chamberlain looking for the quick counter, but Van de Beek trips him with a professional foul and it’s a definite free kick and yellow card.

67’ Sub FCB – Emerson will come on for Mbappe who hasn’t recovered from that injury.
75’ Sub FCB – The 2nd change for Barca with 15 mins left and it’s a sensible one as van de Beek on the yellow card makes way for Riqui Puig.

81’
Pedri is driving down the Liverpool flank, but the pass inside to Puig isn’t brilliant and Liverpool get the ball back, Robertson clears it out to Origi who is asking a lot from Firmino to get on the end of that one. But de Ligt misses the header and Firmino is through on goal at a decisive stage of the match… GOAL! As ter Stegen charged out the Brazil dragged the ball to the side and slotted it home. Game on! 2-1
de Ligt showed his relative inexperience on that one, caught in two minds whether to back off or commit.

83’
Wague scrambles it away from danger as the Liverpool pressure is increasing. Over to Messi who has the LFC defence to beat, he's easily past Lenglet just over the halfway. Messi running towards the box with determination before Van Dijk slides in just outside the area and the linesman signals for the FK. What a run by Messi who has done his fair share of defending today. No card but a dangerous position.

So Messi stands over the ball at the top left corner of Liverpool’s box. The cross goes into the back post, but Lenglet heads clear and Mane is away. A chance for the counter but Busquets comes across and a poor touch from the Senegales international gifts possession away. Some nice passing from Barca heading back to their own goal to start again and it comes through to Puig, who catches Messi looking for the ball over the top, and it reaches him as Lenglet can’t reach high enough. Messi has burst through on goal, one touch to control and shoots… Goal!!! Through the legs of Alisson for the first hattrick in a CL final!

It’s another Lionel Messi show tonight and it will go down in history along with many more of his performances!

90’
Liverpool are pushing everyone up now and they will need a miracle to get two with the time remaining, but they have a freekick in a good position. It was Gomez causing Grimaldo problems on this side, a bit of a miss match if you ask me.
Chamberlain will be the one to take. A nice ball inside to Keita, who goes for glory… And it’s in! He only took one touch to set himself before blasting the ball into the bottom right corner, the keeper was nowhere near! 3-2!!!

96’ Sub - Suarez is on for Pedri as Barcelona look to waste more time. There was only 5 minutes added on and we are past that right now.

It has been a good fight from Liverpool in this second half, but it should be over very soon.

Grimaldo finally takes the throw in to the sub and Henderson tackle turns into a unwanted clearance and Upamecano is happy to let it run away from any over player. FT

Cüneyt Çakır finally blows up and Barcelona retain their Champions League crown!





It’s the 7th CL crown for Barcelona putting them level with A.C. Milan.

Messi records
6th CL win, most in history and level Gento for EC/CL titles

All-time top final scorer with 6 goals (Ronaldo 4) and now on to 129 goals in the competition, 12 behind Ronaldo but he has played 168 to the Portuguese 192

Hattrick - Most goals in a final (Bale 2 – 2019)

Liverpool
3rd final in 5 seasons

Klopp
1 of 4 other managers to reach 4 finals

Joins Marcello Lippi with 3 final defeats

Fornas

2nd CL title for the young Spaniard, who joins a stellar list of managers to win this trophy twice. Notably Ferguson and Mourinho. At the tender age of 36, this man looks set to be one of the most successful managers in the history of the game!

Spanish Clubs
7 of last 9 finals won by Barcelona or Real Madrid

Barcelona –
6th title in 17 years – Best of any club in the Champions league era and 2nd all time (Real Madrid won 6 of the first 11 European Cups)
Messi delivers on the grandest stage! A truly fantastic final as expected. Congratulations to Barcelona.

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