Barcelona V Plzen LIVE Football Match Score 07/09/2022
Barcelona’s aging defense needed some major overhauling in the offseason, something that was tricky to do with the team’s need to unload players due to financial issues. But, despite their troubles, Barcelona managed to acquire a boatload of talent thanks to some creative financial management, adding talent everywhere on the pitch. Robert Lewandowski might have been the biggest name, which garnered the most headlines and he’ll surely make noise in front of goal, but at the other end of the pitch, snapping up Jules Kounde at center back from Sevilla has paid off instantly.
The French defender, who joined for $55 million, had to wait until Aug. 28 to make his La Liga debut for the club. It came a full two weeks after the season began as the club struggled to comply with La Liga financial rules in order to register him. Kounde has since played two games for Barca, both dominant wins. A 4-0 victory over Real Valladolid saw him go the full 90 minutes, completing 93.1% of his passes while creating two assists. In defense, he won 75% of his duels, 100% of his aerial challenges and recovered the ball five times. Then this past weekend, facing his former club, all he did was recover the ball six times and record two assists.
After enjoying full weeks of training in between their first four La Liga games, Barça have finally entered the crazy portion of the schedule that will have matches every three days until the World Cup. Rotation is crucial, and the squad is deep enough to do just that. According to the early reports ahead of this one, the boss is expected to make four changes to the starting XI from the last two games, and two of those will happen at the back: Ronald Araujo and Eric García will most likely watch this one from the bench, giving Jules Kounde the chance to play in his favorite position at center-back alongside Andreas Christensen, who’s likely to come in after missing the last two games through illness. Barcelona hope to continue their unbeaten start to the season with a successful debut in their European journey as the Blaugrana kick off the 2022-23 Champions League group stage with a game against Viktoria Plzen at the Spotify Camp Nou.
Barcelona found it difficult in their opening match of the 2022-23 La Liga season, being held to a goalless draw by Rayo Vallecano, but they have been excellent in their last three matches, recording three victories, scoring 11 times in the process and conceding just once. Xavi’s side will now be bidding to begin their European campaign with a victory, and Group C is set to be a fascinating section, with Inter Milan and Bayern Munich also present alongside
Following an impressive win away to Sevilla to continue their unbeaten start to the La Liga season, Barcelona begin their European journey this season when they welcome Czech champions Viktoria Plzen to the Greatest Stadium on Earth, Brought To You By Spotify, for the opening match of the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Barcelona will be aiming to get their Champions League Group C campaign off to the best possible start when they welcome Viktoria Plzen to Camp Nou on Wednesday night. The Catalan outfit will enter the match off the back of a 3-0 win over Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday, while Plzen recorded a 1-0 victory over Slovan Liberec in Czech Liga in their last game
The Catalan outfit failed to make it through the group stage of last season’s Champions League, finishing third in Group E behind Bayern and Benfica, and it is now seven years since they last lifted the European Cup.
Barcelona were able to add a number of high-quality players to their squad over the summer despite their financial issues, including Robert Lewandowski, who has scored four times in his last two appearances, and the Poland international is certainly capable of firing the team to European success.
The Blaugrana continue to pick up impressive results on the road against great La Liga teams, and their victory over Sevilla last Saturday was a statement of intent in their chase for domestic glory. But they also want to win their first European Cup since 2015, and it won’t be easy to get out of a group that includes Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
That is why winning both matches against the Czech champions will be crucial to their hopes of advancing to the knockout stage, and Xavi Hernández’s troops must get all three points on Wednesday night. Here’s how we think Barça will line up against Plzen.
The matches against Plzen are likely to be crucial in this section, and Xavi’s team will be bidding to keep their run of wins going, as they prepare to take on Plzen, Cadiz, Bayern and Elche in their next four games ahead of the September international break.
It hardly had any meaningful impact on this contest but if you were on the lookout for a moment to typify how bafflingly off Chelsea have looked this season, Josip Misic delivered it for you in style. When the Dinamo Zagreb midfielder picked the ball up outside his own penalty area in the 35th minute he found no pressure on him. Why not see where I can get to, he seemed to conclude. Up and up into the Chelsea half he went only to find that not only were the opposition defenders not planning on coming out to him but the visiting midfield had no intention of tracking back either.
Somewhere inside the Chelsea half Misic seemed to get something of a nosebleed, venturing down to lower altitudes he turned back towards his own goal, assessed his options and knocked the ball on to Stefan Ristovski. In all this time there was not a defender within five yards of the Croat.