It is only the second day, but the key game that will set the rhythm of the group is the one that He will face Benfica with FC Barcelona (Movistar Champions League) tonight at 9:00 pm at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon. In the group, everyone takes the Bayern Munich, which debuted with a ride on the Camp Nou, as first. Theoretically, the dispute is in the second place, where the Portuguese and Catalans have to play the position (follow today’s game live on As.com).
The Lisboners arrive at the meeting as forced as Barça to add because they wasted on the first date the possibility of putting pressure (more if possible) on Koeman’s team since did not go beyond the draw against Dynamo Kiev. That game has spoiled an impeccable start for the Portuguese team, which he has seven victories in as many games of his domestic competition. Some numbers that equate them with the start of the mythical team of Bela guttman in the 59-60 course.
Barça, meanwhile, returns with zero points to the place of the most appalling crime committed by the Barcelona team in Europe. The Estadio da Luz was the scene thirteen and a half months ago of the humiliating defeat against Bayern Munich. However, it seems that the sensations are recovering.
Last Sunday’s victory against Levante with the reappearance of Ansu Fati has improved the spirits of a team that was in depression. Also, facing this game, Koeman get Pedri back, that could enter from the beginning to reinforce the center of the field, as well as Frenkie de Jong, who missed the last game due to suspension.
These would be the improvements that Koeman could bring to a team that seems to have found in the youth of Dest, Mingueza, Araújo, Gavi or Nico the recipe to overcome the traumas of recent months, that have not been few. The last exorcism is the one of tonight, in which the scene of a crime is visited, the 2-8 of the Bayern, that left touched to the culé.