Eliminated from the Champions League, FC Barcelona intends to win the small European cup, the Europa League. The legendary Spanish club will rely on its Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as his new club faces Galatasaray tonight.
Xavi, the former Barca captain now manager, is ecstatic when he talks about Auba. The Gabonese panther who arrived in January from Arsenal made a successful debut in Catalonia with 6 goals in 9 appearances.
“Auba is a godsend for us. We found someone ultra-positive, he quickly adapted to the dressing room, even in a difficult context. On the pitch, he creates a lot of space, he works tough for the team, he keeps the pressure on the defence. It’s a privilege to lead him.”
Tonight, the Blaugrana will face Galatasaray Istanbul led by their Franco-Senegalese striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who returned to Turkey after winning everything in the Middle East.
In the jersey of Al Hilal, he had also eliminated Xavi’s Al Sadd in the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League by scoring on the outward and return legs.
Gomis will be the fatal weapon of the Turks to achieve a feat after the good 0-0 brought back from Catalonia. A first round during which he had also found the way to the nets. A goal disallowed for a slight offside.