Arsenal horde Barcelona in a Champions League on Tuesday, anticipating for a repeat of a final time a dual sides met during Emirates Stadium in Feb 2011, when a Gunners were 2-1 winners.
But a Spanish champions have not mislaid given 3 Oct final year – a 2-1 better during Seville – and that is one of usually 3 waste this season.
Still, a side braggadocio a talents of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez can be beaten. All we need is a plain diversion plan, good performances from any player, outrageous slices of fitness and wish they have an off day.
But is there anything else that can assistance a side to better strong Barcelona? We’ve had a demeanour during their new (rare) defeats to see if there are any common themes.
Athletic Bilbao kick Barcelona in a Spanish Super Cup in Aug and, over dual legs, had 10 bookings and a promulgation off. Seville had 5 players requisitioned in their La Liga win.
This season, Barcelona’s opponents normal usually over 3 bookings per diversion though a teams to have beaten them normal some-more than four. Maybe a Catalans usually don’t like it adult ’em?
Espanyol were a final group to take fasten points off Barcelona with a pull on 2 January. They did it with 5 bookings. Emboldened, they followed that adult with 6 bookings and dual red cards in a crater compare 4 days later. But they clearly got a change wrong and finished adult losing 4-1.
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Using subs wisely
Atletico Madrid are a usually group to have beaten Barcelona in a past 3 years though regulating all 3 substitutes – they used dual in a Champions League quarter-final in 2014.
Every other winning group used all their subs – and of a 50 substitutions finished by winning teams, accurately half have been finished in a final 10 minutes. Of those, 21 were finished in a final 5 minutes. So be prepared to breeze down a time as Barcelona raise on a vigour late on.
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Hope they’ve usually beaten Levante
Barcelona’s 4-1 humbling during a hands of Celta Vigo progressing this deteriorate came usually 3 days after a 4-1 win opposite Levante.
Last season’s 0-1 home better to Malaga followed a 5-0 win over Levante, while a 5-1 win over them a prior year was followed adult with a home better to Valencia.
Barca tend to win large brazen of a detriment – 8 of their 17 defeats given 2013 have followed a diversion in that they’ve scored 4 or some-more goals.
Be Bilbao. Or Sociedad. Or Celta Vigo.
In La Liga, usually 4 teams have inflicted some-more than half of Barcelona’s defeats in a past 3 years.
Real Madrid are a apparent ones, with their extreme adversary and critical financial backing. Although they’ve usually got a 0-4 home better to uncover for it so distant this season.
But while not accurately carrying Barcelona on a run, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo have any enjoyed a integrate of wins over their shining opponents in a past few seasons too.
Boast Premier League talents
You’d design Real Madrid to disintegrate their rivals now and again with a likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo to call on.
But a Celta Vigos, Malagas, Granadas and Vallodolids of this universe have finished it though a large bucks and a large names.
It’s loyal they have called on some former Premier League players to lead them to feat – though not indispensably players who set a English diversion alight.
Step brazen Celta Vigo strikers Iago Aspas (Liverpool) and John Guidetti (Manchester City), Malaga’s Liverpool loanee Tiago Ilori and Sociedad span Carlos Vela (Arsenal) and Esteban Granero (QPR).
Last season’s jubilant Vallodolid side also had Manucho – we know, a ex-Manchester United and Hull actor – in their ranks.
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Have star quality
The usually teams to have beaten Barcelona in a Champions League in a past dual years are Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich – dual sides braggadocio genuine universe stars such as Robert Lewandowski and Edinson Cavani among their expensively fabricated line-ups.
And they still couldn’t stop Barcelona reaching, and winning, a final.
But with Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez giving a Gunners an X-factor, they will always have a chance.
Petr Cech has faced Lionel Messi 8 times and has never conceded a idea from a Argentina forward.
So can Arsenal win?
Do they have a charge to ‘go hard’? This one’s open to debate.
They will have options on a dais no doubt – and trainer Arsene Wenger likes to use all 3 subs (he has finished that in 8 of their final 10 games). Check.
They positively have stars and apparently exaggerate Premier League talents, notwithstanding vouchsafing Carlos Vela go. Check.
But they aren’t Real Sociedad or Celta Vigo.
And sadly for Arsenal, Luis Enrique’s side didn’t play Levante during a weekend either. They kick Las Palmas 2-1.
So, strategy aside, a signs aren’t good. And even if they kick Barcelona on Tuesday, they’ll have to bear in mind, brazen of a lapse leg, what happened to a other 3 sides to kick them this season: Athletic Bilbao and Celta Vigo both had 6 put past them by Messi and Co a subsequent time a teams met.
Seville got off comparatively easily with a 4-0 loss.