Barcelona gigantesque stadium, which contains nearly 100,000 seats, is known to be one of the best football venues in Europe.
But obviously, its distinctive atmosphere is utterly driven by the club’s passionate fans, who vow to remain loyal to the Blaugrana no matter the situation.
The mighty shouts and chants of the Barcelona faithful during big games have been reported to distract a lot of opposing clubs, who have struggled to retain their concentration at the Camp Nou.
Nonetheless, Europe’s largest stadium has not always been filled in hard times. Followers of Spanish football can recall the faithless crowd of spectators on February 26 this year, who turned their backs on the hosts, as Barcelona lost 3-1 at home to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-finals.
This was a rare scene, which proved to be costly in the end for Los Cules. But this is certainly not the atmosphere the Barcelona coach and players are looking forward to ahead of their big clash this evening against Bayern Munich.
Being loaded with the mission of beating Bayern at least 4-0 to go to extra-time, Barca are expecting nothing but inimitable support throughout the 90 minutes of the game at the Camp Nou.
After all, one fact is clear: If the Barca fans keep quiet, the entire Catalan team goes down.
“If we are going to mount a comeback, we need our fans,” stated manager Tito Vilanova to the official Barcelona website.
“Both Bayern and Borussia [Dortmund] had extraordinary atmospheres last week and that carried the teams forward.”
Whilst Barcelona are hoping to get empowered by the screams of the home crowd against Bayern, they are aware that they will have to respond to their fans’ support by dominating the game with an incredible collective performance.
“We will do our part [on the pitch] so that [our] fans find it easier to do theirs,” promised Vilanova.
The winner of the tie on aggregate at the Camp Nou will face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at London’s Wembley Stadium in May.
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