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Barcelona vs Benfica: Barça’s Champions League hopes on knife edge, but club may have found its new star

Given the contrasting type of each side — Bayern has received all 5 its group stage video games up to now, together with a 3-0 Camp Nou hammering of Barça — that outcome appears unlikely, but it isn’t all doom and gloom for the Catalan club.

Yusuf Demir’s standout particular person efficiency within the first half was one exceedingly vivid spot on an in any other case irritating night, with the 18-year-old offering an thrilling glimpse of what his future may maintain.

Demir, already a senior Austrian worldwide, joined the Blaugrana on mortgage from Rapid Vienna in the summertime with an choice to make the transfer everlasting for a reported €10 million ($11.25M).

The ahead has solely sparingly been given enjoying time in current weeks, clocking simply 34 minutes of first workforce soccer since September previous to beginning in opposition to Benfica.

Remember the name. Yusuf Demir could be a star of the future.

However, Barça followers may be hoping that Tuesday’s efficiency may be an indication of issues to come back as Xavi begins to make his mark on the squad and its fashion.

Demir performed broad on the correct in opposition to Benfica, hugging the touchline for a lot of the primary half and slicing inside onto his favored left foot.

He produced one Lionel Messi-esque effort within the forty third minute, curling an exquisite looping effort over Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos, but his shot hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced away.

Demir’s impression dipped within the second half, main Xavi to interchange the teen after 66 minutes with Ousmane Dembele, whose introduction improved Barcelona’s efficiency considerably.

Despite the disappointing outcome, Xavi insisted that he had seen sufficient to persuade him that Barça “can compete with anybody.”

“We can go to Munich and win,” he instructed reporters after the sport.

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