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The Champions League Is Not for Tourists

Date: 14.09.2006

PFC Levski whould not make a tragedy of this match, but buy new players and gain self-confidence

The match Barcelona vs Levski (5-0) clearly showed that the Bulgarian football is very far from the game played in the UEFA Champions League. This came as no surprise to anybody. And always after such matches I come to think how it is possible for the players of the other team, in this case - FC Barcelona - to be so much faster, skillful and concentrated than the Bulgarian team.

In my opinion, the lack of serious and tough matches in the Bulgarian football championship is the chief reason for Tuesday's fiasco of PFC Levski Sofia at the Camp Nou stadium.

The match against Barcelona showed the management of Levski what should be done so that the club could get a more European face. The players of Franklin Edmundo Rijkaard totally outclassed their Bulgarian opponents. Even if the Bulgarian national team played instead of PFC Levski at Camp Nou on Tuesday night, the score would be no different.

The Bulgarian footballers lacked self-confidence more than anything else. It is so sad to see how young players of FC Levski, who were not on the team list for the match, were in the first row of Camp Nou taking pictures of the stars of Barcelona.

I think such behaviour is more becoming to a group of Japanese tourists than to professional football players.

Unpleasant as it may sound, the management of Levski should understand that this is what expects the team until the end of this edition of the Champions League. Now the Blue should shake off the shock as soon as possible and wait for their chance in this killer group A.

On the whole, Levski have taken the right way, but it is not easy to walk it. The Blue team should be patient. They need world-class players and self-confidence. The Champions League is not a place for tourists with cameras, but for footballers with balls.

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