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As in the previous year, FC Barcelona is about to be eliminated from the group stage of the Champions League, a draw against Inter was not enough. The reactions in the press and online were correspondingly violent. We have collected these for you.
The Catalans’ players and coaches had already expressed their anger after the game. “It was a disappointment,” said Sergio Busquets. “It was a difficult group but after all the signings, we’re aiming higher.”
Coach Xavi went one step further: “If you don’t beat Inter at home, you don’t deserve to stay in the competition. I’m very disappointed, sad, frustrated, angry. If the team fails, I fail too.”
SPAIN – Sport: “Live by a miracle: Barca draw and no longer have a place in the round of 16 in their own hands […] The defense let the Blaugrana down in the second half, only Ter Stegen prevented the elimination.”
Marca: “Every year on the brink of disaster. If Inter beat Pilsen in Milan, the Azulgrana will miss the round of 16, a sporting and economic wound.”
AS: “On the brink of disaster: Bara equalizes against Inter in overtime, but will be relegated to the Europa League if the Italians beat Pilsen.”
Mundo Deportivo: “Virtual knockout: After a crazy game, Barca will be back in the Europa League if Inter beat Viktoria Pilsen at home.”
ITALY – Corriere dello Sport: “Inter make Barca tremble, now three points against Viktoria are enough.”
La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Magical night in the Champions League. Scream, Inter! Crazy 3-3 in Barcelona. Now just beat Pilsen. Inter shows courage and character against the Catalans and testifies to a hard-fought will to win.”
Robin Gosens in particular, who scored 3-2 shortly before the end, was celebrated: “Inter finally find the real Gosens,” wrote Tuttosport, according to Gazzetta dello Sport he “had never played so well before. His goal could be a new one for him be the beginning.”
Since Inter’s game against Pilsen on Matchday 5 of the Champions League will be played early in two weeks’ time, it is quite conceivable that Barca’s end will be sealed before kick-off.
Sure, on the one hand Lautaro Martinez is a colleague of Leo Messi’s national team and a good friend. But after such a “catastrophe” evening, the “Like” for “Heart, personality, modesty. Forza Inter” could cause quite a stir.