Just two months have passed since that 8-2 drubbing to Bayern Munich in Lisbon, but Barcelona already have the chance to put that result in the past. Their Champions League campaign gets underway against Ferencvaros on Tuesday.

Although there are few easy games in the Champions League, Barcelona’s Hungarian opponents present them with a good opportunity of boosting morale ahead of Saturday’s Clasico against Real Madrid.

Within the Catalan club, there is cautious optimism about what the team can achieve in Europe this season. Recent defeats to Roma, Liverpool and Bayern have left painful scars. The exit to Bayern last season prompted major upheaval in the dressing room, dugout and boardroom.

“At Barcelona you have to play to win titles, both domestically and in Europe,” new boss Ronald Koeman told the press on Monday. “But there are strong teams and you have to prove your credentials. Continue reading

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