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Barcelona now face Europa League challenge

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It has been nearly a decade since Barcelona once dominated Europe. The name was enough to scare even the biggest teams in the world. Such was the menace that Barcelona could cause. But times have changed now. From dismantling teams in Europe, Barcelona now are losing all their big games. The team recently suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid in the Clasico. The performance drew criticism as the team looked clueless and Real Madrid made lightwork of them The month of October has been really poor for Barcelona as they have lost out on all the big games. When it mattered, the team failed to step up and thus the consequences are there.

They have been extremely poor in the Champions League as well. The Catalans were on the verge of playing Europa League football once again this season before they faced Bayern Munich. It feels so harsh given the squad they have got this season. Lewandowski has been nothing but sensational for them. But the Polish have not had much support which has made the team over-dependent on him. He has fired in 14 goals already this season. But Xavi has frustration over the results and the performances the team is putting in despite being second in La Liga.

They have exited the Champions League this season as Bayern Munich were comfortable winners at Camp Nou. The Germans ran over the Spanish team as they Dismantled them 3-0. Once again, it is now Xavi against the world. It is the 5th time this season that he has lost a big game. Lewandowski had no chance against his former club again as he was well-defended by De ligt and Upamecano. It seems that Xavi’s tactics are working in the league but not in Europe. Now they will be playing Europa League football for the 2nd season in a row. It is a shame that they have failed again to deliver with the squad they have got.

Lucy Bronze loving life in Barcelona

While a lot of things are downhill for Barcelona’s men’s team, the same cannot be said about the Femini side. Barca femini have been playing the highest level of football for the past 2-3 years. They have been dismantling teams for fun with Alexia Putellas also winning the ballon d’or for the last 2 seasons. Now Lucy Bronze has also joined the Catalans this season.

Bronze revealed that this move to Barcelona is one of the best things that happened to her.

Loving it, I think it’s like a new lease of life again. The language is a little bit of a struggle but the girls are really good, they really try and help. We’ve had a reasonably good start to the season, we’ve still got a couple of injuries so it’s quite exciting that we still haven’t got our strongest team and some of the best players.”

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