It’s no secret FC Barcelona never liked playing far up north, especially during the winter months, and thus welcomes the pick of Bayer Leverkusen as their opponent for the next round of this season’s Champions League. It showed in its President’s and Sporting director’s comments to reporters and in the players’ tweets after today’s last-16 draw.
Sandro Rosell, when asked, admitted his gladness for avoiding the two Russian clubs, CSKA Moscow and FC Zenit St. Petersburg.
“Every team has its pros and cons. For example the Russian teams. We would have preferred not to have faced them due to the plane trip, having to travel a day before, and for the cold, but then [on the plus side] they are [still] in pre-season.”
Zubizarreta reminisced about the time when he last faced the Germans as a player. “When their name came out I remember that I’d played against them before, and they knocked us out of the UEFA Cup. We hope that will not set a precedent and we can overcome them.”
“Last year they were the revelation of the season. I like German football. It’s competitive and seems to me a nice tie to play.”
Cesc Fabregas meanwhile echoes Rosell’s gratefulness in his tweet: “Well, we have to travel to Germany. Bayer 04 Leverkusen, German teams are always very strong. We have avoided the Russians. Good.”
The tweets from Pique and Iniesta however showed a differing view of the upcoming encounter. The defender is pleased, saying, “We have drawn Bayer Leverkusen! Not bad! I’ve always wanted to play in a German stadium. There will be a great atmosphere for football,” while Iniesta is a tad cautious: “Indeed, we already know our [next] opponent, Bayer Leverkusen. It certainly won’t be easy!”
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