09:41  ,  November 29, 2023

Barca reach Champions League playoffs for first time since Messi departure

Barcelona have advanced to the UEFA Champions League playoffs for the first time since the departure of their Argentinian star forward Lionel Messi.

In the penultimate round of the Champions League group stage, Barca beat Porto 2-1 and are currently first in Group H, with 12 points.

The last time Barcelona played in the playoffs of the Champions League was in the spring of 2021. In the summer of that year, Messi had transferred to PSG, signing a two-year contract.

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