The Champions League match between Spartak Moscow and FC Barcelona starts 20th November at 17:00 GMT or 9:00 Pacific Standard Time (PST) or 19:00 Central Africa Time (CAT) or 22:30 Indian Standard Time (IST). This game is important for the Spanish giant to secure their position in the next round. So, Barca will go for a win. Cesc Fabregas said,
“We want to win, we always play our way and we’ll just have to adapt that to whatever they do. ”
But, this is not going to be an easy task for the current group leader of Champions League because history says out of the 6 visits to Russia, Barcelona could win only 1! Yes, this sounds really surprising, but it is true. Russia have always been a tough place for them. In fact, the last win came in 2002-03 season, which means even super successful Pep Guardiola could not provide us with a win. Let’s see what happens tonight at the Luzhniki Stadium.
There are 2 unwanted factors that Barcelona have to deal with tonight: artificial pitch and cold weather, though Fabregas seems confident about the success. He said,
“The pitch and the cold won’t be a problem or an excuse”
What about Tito Vilanova? Like Guardiola he always praises his opponent. Vilanova said,
“These days you can’t beat anyone easily in the Champions League.”
Little Messi will be trying his best to get the full 3 points from this battle. We hope he will replicate his performance against Real Zaragoza in this UCL battle and will be more close to Gerd Muller. Messi is now on 78. He has eight more games to play, but all eyes will be on him.
So, it is obvious that Barcelona will have a very tough night today. Barca still have one match left at the Camp Nou, so if Barca cannot win tonight, then the world does not end for the BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD.
The first leg result Between Barcelona and Spartak Moscow: Barcelona 3 : Spartak Moscow 2