2016/17 Champions League
Published: 09:43 14/02/2012
Barcelona are red hot favourite to progress to the Champions League quarter finals but full back Gonzalo Castro believes Leverkusen could cause an upset in Germany which would leave a lot of disappointed bettors.
If Castro proves to be right, Cesc Fabregas could come to the rescue of Ladbrokes punters who will get their money back if the former Arsenal midfielder scores in the first leg of the Champions League knock out tie at the BayArena on Tuesday night. Ladbrokes is a leading UK bookmaker and offer money back on top live football games every week.
In an interview with Catalan radio station COMRadio, 24-year-old Castro said: "Barcelona are the clear favourites, but we will try to make things as difficult as possible for them. We might be able to get a good result in the home game, but it will be very difficult at Camp Nou."
"In Tuesday's home match, things could be more difficult for them if we have some luck, and if Barcelona are having a bad day. We are a team that likes to play football. We're not interested in making a lot of fouls. We always want to play football and win."
If Leverkusen are to cause an upset against the current Champions League holders, they must do so without talismanic midfielder, Michael Ballack. The former Germany captain was the inspiration in the 2-1 win against his old club Chelsea which proved pivotal for qualifying from Group E, but will be forced to sit out this game with a calf injury.
Barcelona’s dangerman is Lionel Messi, the world’s best player for the last four years who has scored 37 times in 38 appearances in all competitions this season. However, Fabregas has settled into the Barca ranks quickly since his move to Spain last summer and is Barca’s second top scorer with 15 goals, three of them scored in the Champions League.
In their Champions League qualifying group, Barcelona won all three away games in relative comfort and will be looking to gain an advantage from the trip to Germany before the second leg in the Nou Camp on 7th March.