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How poor were Barca last night?

First of all congrats to Liverpool on the amazing win but never seen a Barca side that poor. All the Liverpool goals were due to individual errors, especially Alba.

This is not the Barca team of the past and without Messi in-form they are average.

posted on 8/5/19

Exactly. We made Barcelona look like Arsenal.

posted on 8/5/19

Firstly, what a performance from Liverpool. Result of the season for me. I fancied Liverpool to win the tie but thought three + goals was a bit much to ask, given the players they had out, and the talent Barca has going forward.

Before the match it was clear LFC (as Klopp always does) were going to press Barca high up the pitch. Why this was not countered by Barca until they were three down is anyone’s guess. Still made for a great result for LFC. Hope they win it now.

posted on 8/5/19

comment by Dele Boy (U22000)
posted 42 minutes ago
comment by jlou1978 (U15376)
posted 9 minutes ago
This is not the Barca team of the past
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These teams never are when Liverpool beat them.😂
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Same with Spurs when we've beaten Real Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Dortmund etc all of a sudden theses teams are poor.
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Exactly.

posted on 8/5/19

To answer the OP - very, very poor.

posted on 8/5/19

After the first leg, Messi warned the Barcelona players that that game was played at the pace Liverpool wanted, and he said they [Barcelona] were all exhausted and couldn't play at that pace again, but that's what has happened again.
Inspired to try football?

They fell for a trap. In the wide areas, two or three Liverpool players were always around them. Barcelona tried to look for that extra pass but couldn't find it and lost possession. Barcelona have not played a team like this in a long, long time.

posted on 8/5/19

Andy West - Spanish football writer

The fourth goal summed up Barca: mentally and physically slow and complacent, unable to keep up with Liverpool's speed of thought or legs.

They tried to play with control but Liverpool were too fast and intense, and Barca couldn't match it. Blown away.

posted on 8/5/19

Guillem Balague - Spanish football journalist on BBC Radio 5 Live

Jurgen Klopp understood what happened in the first leg better than Ernesto Valverde. In that game, Liverpool had a lot of chances and played a high tempo that Barcelona struggled with. Klopp said they didn't do much wrong in the first leg and they did not have to change much, so they did the same again tonight.

For three-quarters of the tie, Barcelona were inferior, scared and unable to find answers. For me, Messi was saying: 'How do I influence the game?' For the last hour, where was he? Not many teams have ever done that to him.

posted on 8/5/19

Like balague said if you saw Messi in the first leg he was desperately trying to slow the game down something he never does taking time to restart getting told off by the ref for it etc, he knew...

posted on 8/5/19

Liverpool were average. Barcelona were terrible.

posted on 8/5/19

comment by Neo (U9135)
posted 5 hours, 41 minutes ago
Was quite amazed by the way we were allowed to control the game and have so much time in possession. Not used to seeing that against Barcelona.
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In the second half Barcelona looked stunned, confused and even somewhat intimidated? I believe that the crowd played a huge part in that win!

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