FERRAN TORRES turned back the years with a stunning goal that brought back memories of Barcelona’s tiki-taka glory days.
Barca met Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League quarter-finals at Deutsche Bank Park on Thursday, where they drew 1-1 with the Bundesliga club.
Ansgar Knauff scored in the 48th minute for Oliver Glasner’s side, but Xavi’s revived side struck back less than 20 minutes later.
Ousmane Dembele found Frenkie de Jong on the edge of the box and the star midfielder immediately flicked the ball to Torres in the box.
The former Manchester City star made a pass back to de Jong on his right and the Netherlands international quickly switched back to the Spaniard.
In the 66th minute, the striker shot into Kevin Trapp’s net and sealed his team’s qualification.
But that goal had a bigger meaning as it evoked memories of Barcelona’s legendary tiki-taka style under Pep Guardiola.
This tactic captured the imagination of fans around the world as they watched Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and current coach Xavi move the ball with incredible speed and precision while their opponents looked on helplessly.
The Catalan giants started the campaign on the wrong foot after losing Messi to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and then struggled in both LaLiga and the Champions League.
But Xavi returned to replace Ronald Koeman in the dugout and managed to turn things around with some significant signings, such as ex-Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Torres.
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Barcelona are favorites ahead of the second leg with Eintracht at the Camp Nou.
At the same time, Barcelona are also second in LaLiga and aim to qualify for the Champions League next season.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5080671/ferran-torres-xavi-barcelona-eintracht-frankfurt/ Watch Ferran Torres score a stunning goal while Xavi returns Tiki-Taka to Barcelona in the tie against Eintracht Frankfurt