Barcelona hopes to find some consistency on Wednesday when it hosts Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage during Matchday 5. Barca is 2-2-0 and has eight points to lead Group F, but Dortmund is right behind with seven points. Inter Milan is sitting in third place with four points. Barca is coming off of a poor draw against Slavia at home in its last Champions League game, while Dortmund’s come-from-behind win over Inter Milan has the German side well positioned to make it to the round of 16. Both teams have a chance to clinch a spot in the next round in this one.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Barcelona vs. Dortmund
- Date: Wednesday, Nov. 27
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Camp Nou
- TV channel: UniMas
- Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
So here we are: the brutal three weeks have arrived for Barcelona. Every game from now on will make or break Barça’s season, and every good or bad result will tell us what to expect from this team in 2020. The first test is Borussia Dortmund at home, and it is a truly crucial game for Barça’s destiny in the Champions League.
A win and Barça will qualify and win the group without needing a result against Inter Milan at San Siro in Matchday 6, which is the best possible scenario. A draw is not bad but makes it really hard to win the group. A loss could be tragic: Inter and Dortmund will qualify if they win their remaining two games because both face Barcelona and thus would prevent the Catalans from picking up any more points.
The stakes couldn’t higher for this one, and while it’s impossible to expect anything from Ernesto Valverde’s Barça at this point, this is a team that has performed well under pressure with this bad coach, and the hope is that they’re able to do the same again. Barça are also nearly unstoppable at home in Europe, and results like the draw against Slavia Prague are giant outliers in what’s been pretty much a perfect decade in Champions League games at Camp Nou.
Step up or step aside. This is big boy stuff now. Do your job. Make us believe.
Barcelona: Barca’s home form has been great while the away form has been most awfully. Luckily, the team will have the support of the Camp Nou for this critical clash. Barca knows it could be just a draw way from moving on, while a win would clinch a berth in the Round of 16. The attack hasn’t been lights out, but Barca has a chance here against a struggling Dortmund defense to potentially produce a comfortable victory and cool the hot seat under coach Ernest Valverde.
Dortmund: This is a team that is never out of it, but Dortmund has gone through some crazy times lately. That comeback win over Inter gave Dortmund momentum that was ended quickly by rival Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Then Dortmund went down 3-0 to Paderborn at home on Friday before coming back to earn a draw. The defense has been riddled with mistakes and Dortmund just isn’t playing simple out of the back. Against Barca, defenders will have to be close to perfect.
Barcelona clinches the group with a dominant display, once again showing that this team is terrific at home.
Pick: Barcelona 2, Dortmund 0