After Eric Garcia gave away a penalty in the opening three minutes of the game against Eintracht Frankfurt, Barcelona were always going to be on the back foot.
However, what they did not expect was that the Germans were going to be so ruthless, that too at the Camp Nou. Moments of individual brilliance from Filip Kostic and Rafael Borre won them the tie 4-3 on aggregate.
In fact, the scoreline does not justice to their performance, for they were the better teams for nearly 150 minutes out of 180.
Watching it all from home, Real Madrid fans were quick to jump on the opportunity to laugh at them.
hahahahaha— Managing Madrid (@managingmadrid) April 14, 2022
Having been 0-3 down at home a few days ago themselves against Chelsea, Los Blancos turned the tie around to qualify for the UCL semi-finals.
It comes as a blow to Gerard Pique, especially, who was quick to tweet, “We are back” at the full-time whistle after their 0-4 routing of Real Madrid.
They measure success in how they play against Real Madrid — that's it. pic.twitter.com/Xq2pBkITY0— Managing Madrid (@managingmadrid) April 14, 2022
Barcelona will now host Cadiz at the Camp Nou on the weekend in what is expected to be a terribly low turnout, especially after tonight.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Atletico Madrid
Following Barcelona’s awe-inspiring comeback win against Celta Vigo yesterday, the pressure is on Real Madrid to regain top spot in La Liga as they travel to Civitas Metropolitano to lock horns against Atletico Madrid.
The first Madrid derby of the season will not feature Vinicius Jr, who had to pull out of the travelling squad today due to a stomach bug.
Jude Bellingham has been given the green light, though, and is likely starting as the out and out striker for this game, with Joselu benched. The Englishman is joined by Rodrygo by his side, while Luka Modric plays behind them as the attacking midfielder.
Behind this trio, Toni Kroos has been handed the keys as the pivot, with Aurelien Tchouameni benched. Eduardo Camavinga starts alongside Federico Valverde as the central midfielders.
Lucas Vazquez fills in for the injured Daniel Carvajal at right-back, while Fran Garcia comes back to take over his left-back spot from Nacho. David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger round off the quadrant in central defence, screening Kepa in goal.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Kepa; Vazquez, Rudiger, Alaba, Garcia; Valverde, Kroos, Camavinga; Modric; Rodrygo, Bellingham