On Wednesday, two of the best teams in club football face each other as Barcelona plays host to Borussia Dortmund at the Camp Nou in the UEFA Champions League.
The margins are as fine as ever, Barcelona tops the group with 8 points while the Germans are strong behind them with seven points. Its a winner takes all affair.
The Catalans have won three in a row but looked unconvincing in their last win, a 2-1 victory over Leganes in La Liga. Head coach Ernesto Valverde is still coming into terms with how to fit Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele to the starting line up.
As a result, the team is struggling structurally especially in midfield which is leaving them vulnerable to counter attacks.
Dortmund, on the other hand, are in a bad run of form, failing to win their last two matches and conceding seven goals in the process. The 2013 Champions League finalists needed a comeback to draw 3-3 at home to Paderborn on Friday in the Bundesliga.
The only Borussia Dortmund player with a Barça past is Paco Alcácer, however, he is injured and hasn’t traveled to Barcelona. Ousmane Dembélé is looking forward to a special match because he will play against Dortmund for the first time since his transfer to Barça in the summer of 2017.
The first leg was a dull 0-0 affair in Germany but the match was lacking some of the finest talents both teams possess. Lionel Messi was juts back from an injury and was lacking in math fitness while Dortmund was without Julian Brandt and Paco Alcacer.
However, with top spot in the table at stake this time around, the second leg has all the hallmarks to be a thriller!