Luis Enrique’s Barcelona are aiming to produce another magical night at the Camp Nou.
The blaugranas need another comeback against Juventus at 8.45pm CET on Wednesday like the one they managed in the round of 16 against PSG.
They lost the first leg 3-0 and they need the fans’ support to help overturn that result so the Club is organising another mosaic to support the players in the return leg.
The club’s official YouTube channel showcased the virtual “More than a Club” mosaic in the video below.
We are now accustomed to the brilliance of Lionel Messi, so much so we even take it for granted.
And on April 18, 2007 in a Copa del Rey match between Barcelona and Getafe the magician created something that set the standard for what was to come in the following 10 years of Messi magic.
Then 19, the Argentine was known as one of the brightest young talents in world football but this was something else.
This was artistry like few had seen before and it was the moment Messi near perfectly replicated the brilliance of Diego Maradona, a man he has been likened to his entire life.
Picking the ball up on the halfway line, Messi dances past two defenders before hurtling towards the penalty area with the ball at his feet.
A split second later and he’s gone past another defender, sat a fourth on his backside and then rounded the goalkeeper before finding the back of the net.
It is a stunning passage of play, eerily similar to Maradona’s effort against England at the 1986 World Cup.
Comparisons were instantly drawn and, as you can see in the video from Barcelona’s official YouTube channel below, Messi was flattered to be held up against his idol and delighted with this moment of beauty.
Barcelona’s director of football Robert Fernandez has revealed the club intends to re-sign former winger Gerard Deulofeu.
The gifted but inconsistent 23-year-old came through Barca’s youth ranks, making six senior appearances between 2011 and 2013 before being allowed to leave due to a lack of opportunities.
After loan spells at Everton and Sevilla, Deulofeu moved to Goodison Park permanently but has spent the second half of this season on loan at AC Milan, and Barca are able to bring him back to Camp Nou for ¤12 million (Dh46m) due to a buy-back clause inserted into his contract when he joined Everton.
Fernandez confirmed that is the club’s intention, saying: “He is totally an option for the future. Very much so.”
Meanwhile, manager Luis Enrique is in a gung-ho mood after seeing his team earn a much-needed victory ahead of a week which will define their season.
Two goals from Lionel Messi and a strike from Paco Alcacer sealed a narrow 3-2 victory over Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on Saturday night, allowing the team to snap out of a two-game losing streak ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with Juventus in the Champions League and Sunday’s Clasico trip to Real Madrid.
Barca were well below their best on Saturday, which saw all the goals come in the first half before they fortunately escaped the second period unscathed as the visitors controlled the game.
The starting XI was very different from his usual line-up, with Jordi Alba returning to left-back, Andre Gomes starting ahead of Andres Iniesta in midfield and Alcacer replacing the suspended Neymar on the left flank.
Enrique also reverted to a 4-3-3 formation after recently preferring a three-man defence, but the ease with which Sociedad scored and mounted dangerous attacks made that switch far from successful.
And the Barca boss hinted he could be preparing to make more tactical experiments for Juventus, adding: “We will risk so much, I wouldn’t even rule out playing with eight forwards. We haven’t got anything to lose.
“We have to be flawless, but we will fight to the end and I am sure at some point in the game we will be close to a comeback.”