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A 'final' at the Camp Nou! Everything you need to know about Barça-Benfica

Published:22/11/2021 - 15:25h

Updated:23/11/2021 - 19:51h

FC Barcelona is 'playing' life and its continuity in the UEFA Champions League, this Tuesday at 21:00 h, during Benfica's visit to Camp Nou for the fifth day of the group stage

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Win or win. It is the only option that has the FC Barcelona against the Benfica, in the party of this Tuesday by the penultimate day of the phase of groups of the Champions League 2021-2022. The Barcelona picture, in the debut of Xavi Hernández in the maximum competition to level of clubs, will live final in which they will decide the options to classify or no to the following phase. To the Barça only serves him the victory, because a tie or defeat 'would sentence' to the culés.

It is necessary to take in account that the Barça arrives to the party in the second position of the table of the group And. The Bayern is leader in solitary with 12 points (of 12 possible) and his classification is sealed. The Barcelona add 6 units, by the four of the Benfica. If the three points remain in the Camp Nou, then the culés will be in the eighth of final of the Champions League, but if there is a tie and defeat, the history will complicate too much. In this stage, that is one 'nightmare', the Barça would be forced to win in Munich not to depend on a 'prick' of the lisboetas in front of a Dynamo of Kiev that no longer plays at all.

The party of this Tuesday is vital and the most important of what goes of season, because it would be unacceptable that the Barça remained deleted in these instances of the competition. Xavi Hernández has a big challenge by in front, very complicated and with a lot of obstacles, because the Benfica already 'punished' to the Catalans in Lisbon (3-0) in a party in which it cost of the contragolpes, the point that more hurts him to the Barcelona. In this opportunity, Darwin Núñez opened the marker to the three minutes and signed his doublet from the point penalti in the 79', whereas Rafa Silva joined to the party with a so much in the 69'.

It was a night of nightmare for the Barça in which it confirmed , by enésima time, that is very easy to hurt him to the culés. Now, nevertheless, the context is different and both teams arrive 'reinforced' and with win to litigate to the end, because they know that it is an all or at all. The ones of Xavi Hernández come with confidence after winning the derbi Catalan against the RCD Espanyol, a party that began being very comfortable for the culés, but finished asking the hour in front of the arreón of the 'pericos' in the second part that could be lethal.

In spite of this, saw a more worked team, with a lot of green shoots and with clear ideas (in the first part, especially). Xavi surely took note and has worked in these two days to correct the points in which the Barça failed, to defensive level mainly. A victory will be a subidón of enormous confidence, but a tie or defeat will be a pesadillla... And it can happen anything because, although the Bayern them goleó twice, the Benfica arrives with security after his victory in the Taça of Portugal against the Paços of Ferreira (4-1).

The party in data

Historically, the Barça only has lost one of his five clashes against the picture lisboeta, the above-mentioned of the second day, registering two victories and two ties. The Benfica, by his part, never has achieved a victory against the Barcelona picture in quality of visitor in Glass of Europe or Champions League, with three attempts and a tie more two defeats. The last time that visited the Camp Nou was in December of 2012 and the party finish in tables, without goals.

It fits to stand out, finally, that there is only two teams that have achieved to win to the Barça of venue and visitor in the phase of groups of the Champions League: the Dynamo of Kiev in the season 1997-98 (3-0 home, 4- 0 to domicile) and the Bayern of Munich in 1998-99 (1-0 home, 2-1 to domicile).

Like this they arrive the Barça to the 'final'

The FC Barcelona has not recovered a lot of players of face to the party against the Benfica and in the infirmary have remained several key pieces: Pedri González, Ansu Fati, Martin Braithwaite and 'Kun' Agüero. The midfield player of 18 years has suffered a new relapse of his muscular injury in the cuádriceps of the left thigh and, save to surprise, will be drop until 2022.

By his part, Ansu Fati continues in the infirmary recovering of a muscular break in the isquiotibiales of the left leg and will be went by maximum two weeks more. Martin Braithwaite will take action the next year after going through the operating theatre to treat his injury femoropatelar. The 'Kun' Agüero, finally, is in a complicated moment to consequence of his problems cardiológicos and already has rumoreado that it could withdraw of the football.

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