Sergio Busquets has insisted that Barcelona can nonetheless win the Champions League this season, regardless of dropping star Lionel Messi this summer time.
Messi went to Paris Saint-Germain on a free switch final month after Barça couldn’t provide him new phrases because of their troublesome monetary state of affairs. The Messi saga ended some disastrous months for Blaugrana, who additionally let Antoine Griezmann depart the membership on the final day.
Barça begin their Champions League marketing campaign in opposition to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night time, in what’s the first assembly between the pair since Die Roten humiliated Barça 8-2 final 12 months.
Captain Busquets spoke earlier than the match and mirrored on Messi’s departure and tipped his aspect to shock some folks in Europe this marketing campaign.
“It was a shock for everything that Leo gave to Barça and personally to me,” he stated (through Eurosport).
“It was an accumulation of emotions that were difficult to digest, but we must try to change history. We are at the beginning of the season and we have to get used to playing without Leo.
“Anything can occur in soccer. Chelsea received the Champions League final season and have been not favorites,” added Busquets. “We are right here, completely happy and conscious of the issue, however we’ve got a variety of ambitions and we would like to win.”
With Messi and Griezmann away and Martin Braithwaite injured, Ronald Koeman will start a new loan deal with Luuk de Jong in advance, flanked by Memphis Depay and Philippe Coutinho. While on loan at Bayern, Coutinho infamously took a strut for Bayern during the 8-2 match and Koeman will hope he can haunt his former club at the Camp Nou.
Despite the downfall and gloom that plagued their summer time, Barcelona have made a strong begin to the home season, successful two and making one among their three opening La Liga matches.