Last night saw the passing of the crown in regards to the best team in European football after Bayern Munich thumped Barcelona by four goals to nil at the Allianz Arena. Goals from Thomas Muller (2), Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben put Barca to the sword with a ruthless display of energy, technique and strength that simply suffocated the passing game of the Blaugrana; playing with a barely fit Lionel Messi.
It was the first time Barcelona lost by four goals since being stunned 4-0 by Getafe in the 2007 Copa Del Rey semi-final second leg. Now a path to the final seems almost impossible.
That was at least the consensus among the Twitter faithful who could see absolutely no chance of Barcelona overcoming the sensational scoreline even if Lionel Messi comes out all guns blazing at the Nou Camp next Wednesday.
Well nearly all of Twitter as one Liverpool youngster was standing by the fact that anything can happen in football.
If Jerome Sinclair had not already established himself as an optimist with this seemingly impossible goal then he certainly has now.
After he Tweeted this in response to the Bayern Munich performance:
Barca are being absolutely pumped by Bayern but We all know this isn't over #Noucamp— Jerome Sinclair (@jeromeNo9) April 23, 2013
Now while Barcelona are certainly not a team to be discounted at any point even the most ardent of Catalan fans would struggle to follow such a rose-tinted view of proceedings; although in his defence this post did go up moments BEFORE Thomas Muller made it a four-goal first-leg deficit.
The youngest ever player to have adorned the red kit and play for Liverpool will be hoping some of that optimism turns into realism next season with a few more appearances for the first-team to add to his solitary cameo against West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup this season.
Do you think Barcelona can overturn the deficit? Will Sinclair feature next season?
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