Here we go again, the Champions League is here. As the wounds from the humiliation against Bayern are still fresh, a new season starts. However, it’s fair to say that most of the Culers are pretty pessimistic this season. But the good thing is that the group stage is something that the team should be pretty easy for the Blaugranas. And the first match of the the season of FC Barcelona will be against Ferencváros from Hungary.
Ferencváros last 5 matches: WDDWW
Always exciting to see new faces in the Champions League. And FC Barcelona will face Ferencváros in their first ever match in the UCL. But we should not look down on this team at all, as they won good teams in their journey to the UCL. Two months ago no one thought that Ferencvárosi TC stood a chance against Celtic, but they went through. Afterwards, they beat Dynamo Zagreb and Molde and here they are. The players of Coach Serhiy Rebrov (Former player in teams like Tottenham and West Ham, and part of the 1999 Dynamo Kyiv team that got to the UCL Semi-finals) did the unthinkable.
But make no mistake, Ferencváros already reached heights they didn’t expect to reach, and FC Barcelona is something else.
FCB last 5 matches: WWWDL
Koeman’s players started the season good, but in the last 2 games it’s fair to say that there’s a decline in the form. Although Getafe and Sevilla are tough opponents, get 1 point from the last 2 matches is not a good thing at all. And with ‘El Clasico’ just around the corner, a win vs Ferencváros is a must. Moreover, it would be a good opportunity to see some new faces in the starting 11. Players like Pjanic, Trincao and Junior Firpo might start the match tonight.
It might also be a good game to help players like Dembele and Griezmann boost their confidence. I would also love to see Alena and Riqui Puig get important minutes tonight. But Honestly, I don’t expect Koeman to replace the whole starting lineup.
The words of Koeman ahead of the game
Yesterday Neto and Ronald Koeman talked with the press ahead of the Champions league opener. On our Twitter page we covered the whole presser. As always, Koeman was direct and honest in his answers.