Barcelona will win the Champions League this season, says ex-Real Madrid midfielder
Ahead of the second UEFA Champions League Group C tie against Bayern Munich, former Real Madrid superstar Rafael van der Vaart claimed the Catalans will go all the way and win the tournament this season.
Barcelona endured a torrid run in the Champions League last time out as they crashed out of the group stages, having finished behind Bayern Munich and SL Benfica.
The Blaugrana were again drawn in a tricky group alongside the Bavarians, Inter Milan and Viktoria Plzen. However, Xavi Hernandez’s side have had a great start to the season and are in fine form ahead of the game against Bayern Munich.
And Rafael van der Vaart, who spent two years at Real Madrid between 2008 and 2010, has claimed he believes Barcelona are the favorites to win the Champions League in the current campaign.
“Barcelona are going to win the Champions League. It’s just my feeling. It’s actually based on nothing. the former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder told Ziggo Sport.
That’s certainly interesting coming from a former Real Madrid star, given that Los Blancos are the reigning European champions and have started the new campaign perfectly.
Moreover, van der Vaart has been very critical of Barcelona lately. The former Dutch international had lambasted chairman Joan Laporta for the treatment of Frenkie de Jong, comparing the club to the mafia.
“I find it a shame. And Laporta who keeps laughing all over the place with his big head. This man thinks he’s the king. But I think he’s a bit of an idiot. He said.
“You can’t treat people like that. De Jong wins too much? You sign a contract and then you fulfill the contract or you leave on good terms, but not like this. It’s mafia and they need to be punished.” van der Vaart had added.
While he might have criticized Barcelona in the past, van der Vaart is now confident they can go ahead and lift the Champions League this season.