Problems and more problems. In Catalonia the situation is delicate. So much so that the Barcelona is about to face a critical situation, which has not seen the club for more than 20 years, when in the 2000/2001 season of the Champions League it was eliminated in the group stage for the last time in its history.
Piqué, one of the team leaders. (AP)
It is not entirely clear whether this Tuesday’s goalless draw against Benfica at the Camp Nou ends up being a good result for Barcelona, which despite facing a cuckoo on the last date, he continues to depend on himself to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League. For the present that the culé team is going through, Benfica could have added three and remained one step away from the classification.
Despite depending on himself, Barcelona, who since the arrival of Xavi Hernández to the technical direction shows some signs of recovery, it will not be easy at all since must see the faces with Bayern Munich in Germany in the match corresponding to the last date of Group E.
How is the last date played?
For the last match corresponding to the group stage of the Champions League, Barcelona must visit Bayern, which is at the top with a perfect score. In case of losing, you should expect that Benfica, who are two points behind Barsa, did not win at home against Dinamo Kiev, that accumulates four defeats and a draw. Both parties They will be played on Wednesday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m.
This is the position of Group E
1- Bayern Munich fifteen
2- Barcelona 7
3- Benfica 5
4- Dynamo 1
In the first leg, Bayern won 3-0. (REUTERS)
The last time
The edition 2000/2001 of the Champions League was the last time that Barcelona failed to make it past the group stage of the top European club competition. On that occasion, he shared a group with Leeds from England, Besiktas and Milan. The Catalan team led by Lorenzo Serra Ferrer finished in third position behind Milan and Leeds.
Rivaldo vs. Besiktas on Nov. 8, 2000. (AP)
However the Barsa hit rock bottom in the 2003/2004 edition, when they didn’t even qualify for the group stage and was relegated to playing the UEFA Europa League.