Barcelona visits the "hell of istanbul" for the Europa League, what time and where to see it

Xavi Hernández’s Barcelona will visit Galatasaray this Thursday (from 2:45 p.m., with ESPN television) Turkish at the Nef Stadium in Istanbul with the aim of repeating the performance he starred in at the Diego Armando Maradona in Naples in the previous round of the Europa League and seal his pass to the quarterfinals, just prior to the next Sunday’s classic against Real Madrid by LaLiga.

In Italy, the culé team thrashed the locals 4-2 in one of their best games of the season, after drawing at the Camp Nou (1-1). A script very similar to this Wednesday, because lThe Catalans did not go beyond the goalless draw against the Turks in the first leg And, like three weeks ago, they’ll have to win at someone else’s rodeo if they want to stay alive in Europe.

Despite having to play it in Turkey, Barça continues to be the favorite of the crossing. In the first leg they were far superior to Galatasaray, although their lack of aim condemned them, and since they lost in extra time against Real Madrid in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup, Xavi’s team has not stopped growing and has played eleven games without defeat.

“It’s a final, we can’t fail. The Europa League is an important competition and we have to go out with more intensity than in the first leg. I didn’t like that first part at the Camp Nou, although in the second we were better and created more chances”, declared Xavi in ​​the previous press conference.

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As for the Spanish classic on Sunday (at 5:00 p.m., Argentine time), the former midfielder did not want to get ahead of himself: “We don’t think beyond Thursday’s game. We’ll have time to think about Sunday’s game”.

Galatasaray, like Barça, is a team that is experiencing an atypical season, far from its usual level. After 29 games of domestic competition, the Istanbul team is eleventh, no less than 32 points behind the leader, Trabzonspor, and nine behind relegation.

The matches of the day

  • Bayer Leverkusen (2) vs. Atalanta (3), from 2:45 p.m. (ESPN 2).
  • Red Star (0) vs. Glasgow Rangers (3), from 2:45 p.m.
  • Monaco (0) vs. Sporting Braga (2), from 2:45 p.m. (ESPN 3).
  • Olympique Lyon (1) vs. Porto (0), from 17 (ESPN 3).
  • Frankfurt (2) vs. Real Betis (1), from 17 (ESPN 2).
  • West Ham (0) vs. Seville (1), from 17 (ESPN).

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