With the draw against Copenhagen on Tuesday, Barcelona continued to show an inability to beat teams away from home in the Champions League. Barca has now not won away in the Champions League since December 9, 2009, against Dynamo Kyiv.
Should that be a cause for concern for Pep?
I think, yes. Last season we played Inter Milan four times in the Champions League. At home we won, but away from home, it was different story. We drew 0-0 in the group stage and lost crucially 3-1 in the semi-finals.
That 3-1 loss at the San Siro was arguably the worst performance by Barcelona since the arrival of Pep Guardiola. It was also the reason that Barcelona did not enter this year’s competition as holders.
Last season also marked the start of Barcelona’s meeting with their newest arch-enemy, Rubin Kazan. In our three games with the Russians, we have yet to register a win, including two draws in the two away games.
It’s not just when teams “park the bus” against us where we struggle to win away, but also when they play a similar style of football to us!
Last season, against Arsenal in the Emirates, Barcelona produced a first half performance that was the best I’d ever seen. In the first 15 minutes, Barca managed to register around 10-15 shots on goal—if I remember correctly! The score at half-time in that game? Nil-nil.
The final score was 2-2, but considering the first half performance and the fact we went two up, it felt to me like a loss. I did not realise at the time, however, just how poor our away record is in the Champions League.
Why can’t they translate that away form to the Champions League?
On an unrelated note, am I the only one who is bored of all the hype surrounding Gareth Bale?