Laporta: Barcelona Not Thinking About Champions League Semi-Finals Yet

Barca may have played fantasy football to dismantle Bayern but the club chief dismissed any talk of the team already being in the last four as pure fantasy.

Barcelona put on yet another mesmerising display of attacking football to crush Bayern Munich 4-0 inside the opening 45 minutes of the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

The emphatic win almost guarantees the Blaugrana a place in the semi-finals. However, they still have an unpredictable trip to make to the Allianz Arena in Munich next Tuesday, and the club’s president, Joan Laporta, is understandably wary of that journey.

“To think about the next round is a fantasy,” he said during the post-match interviews.

“It is clear that the return leg will be very complicated. Nothing has been decided yet, although we have obtained a good result.

“But in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, there are no easy opponents. We have all seen the other games and none of the results turn out as expected.”

Result and scorelines aside, Laporta was grinning from ear to ear after watching the swashbuckling performance of Pep Guardiola’s men.

“It has been a great night of football against one of Europe’s great teams. With all due respect to a Bayern side who have a lot of history and prestige, today Barca have been superior,” he beamed.

“We played some magical football and in the second half, we were more serious. I believe that we will take a significant advantage to Munich.”

Finally, when asked about Bayern’s Franck Ribery and the possibility of his transfer to the Camp Nou this summer, the supremo replied, “He is a very quick player and he can unsettle any opposition. But Bayern regard him as a key player.

“We have a good relationship with them. They know we are interested in him and we know what they want from us. But this is a subject that our technical secretary [Txiki Begiristain] must evaluate and if he brings it up to us, then we will begin direct and clear communication.

“But in any case, we already have a great and complete squad.”  

KS Leong,