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Barcelona vs Bayern Munich | Champions League: Busquets: The 8-2? It’s different teams, seasons and circumstances

Sergio Busquets played in Barcelona‘s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals in the 2019/20 season, but he has emphasised that the situation is very different heading into Tuesday’s group-stage opener between the two teams.

The Barcelona midfielder pointed to Bayern having a new coach in Julian Nagelsmann as a notable change on their end, while the Blaugrana replaced Quique Setien with Ronald Koeman ahead of the 2020/21 season and then this summer saw Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann leave the club, following the departures of Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Luis Suarez one summer before.

“The coach [Nagelsmann] is new, with his own traits. He’s kept the same squad and quite a few players, except for Thiago [Alcantara] and a few others,” Busquets said during Monday’s pre-match press conference.

“They are a very complete team and they will want to win to get off to a good start. The 8-2 result is a fact that is difficult to accept.

“In football sometimes there are positive and negative results. We are already aware that it will be different.

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“It’s different teams, seasons and circumstances.”

Barcelona playing in the Champions League without Messi will be a strange sensation for many fans, and Busquets admitted as much.

“He left us in a state of shock [when he left] because of what Leo meant to Barcelona and to me,” Busquets revealed.

“These are difficult circumstances to digest, it was hard but now we have to change our mindset.

“We are already doing so and we have to get used to playing without Leo and all that that entailed.”

Not many people have tipped Barcelona to have success in the Champions League this season, particularly following the departure of Messi, but Busquets pointed to Chelsea as an example of a team that were not heavily favoured beforehand, yet they went on to lift the trophy last season.

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“In football anything can happen. Chelsea were not among the favourites [last season] and they won the trophy,” Busquets noted.

“It is very important that we play as a team, which is what matters most now. We know we don’t have Leo and his individual talent, but we have to overcome that.

“We are aware of how difficult it will be, but we are ambitious with this team and why not [see how far we can go].”

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