Barcelona were the best team in Europe, in fact they were the best team in the world.

A team led by World Cup winners like Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Victor Valdes, David Villa, Pedro and Sergio Busquets and completed by probably the best player to have ever graced the game: Lionel Messi.

Barcelona were the team nobody wanted to face. Ask Real Madrid after their 5-0 demolition or Manchester United after their 3-1 loss in the final of the Champions League in 2011. The 'old' Barcelona never failed to turn up for the big games, but the 'new' Barcelona are nothing like the old ones when it comes to the biggest of games.

The Catalan sides have managed to win only three out of 15 big games they have played since that cruel defeat to Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Barcelona have already lost the Spanish Supercopa against Real Madrid at the start of the season. They followed that defeat with elimination in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey again to arch rivals. Meanwhile, the Catalans are also starring down the barrel at elimination from the Champions League after losing 4-0 to Bayern Munich in last week's semi-final first leg.

They have lost seven of the 15 big games: an astounding four against Real Madrid and one each against AC Milan, Bayern Munich and, from last season, Chelsea. The three victories came against Athletic Bilbao, the first leg of the Supercopa against Real Madrid and the historic comeback against Milan.

Barcelona will go into their second leg tie against Bayern Munich on Wednesday somewhat confident of producing a magnificent comeback, but looking back at their last record against the bigger sides, they seem to have lost their fear factor.

However, it is still Barcelona - and anything is possible.

 

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