Germany international Marc-Andre ter Stegen has said that winning the Champions League with Barcelona remains the prime aim for the current campaign. The Spanish champions previously won the European crown in 2015 and they have since failed to progress beyond the semi-final stage of the elite competition.
Speaking to FIFA.com, Ter Stegen acknowledged that winning the Champions League remains the club’s main objective for the Blaugrana and the club are determined to progress to the latter stages of the competition and potentially lift the title, he told: “Yes, always, every year. That’s an easy question to answer. At this club we always want to win every available title. Every one of them is important, and the Champions League, obviously, even more so. We’ve started well and want to go a very long way [in the competition].”
The Spanish giants had the best chance of reaching the Champions League final last term after they registered a 3-0 home triumph over Liverpool during the first leg of the semi-final. However, they shockingly squandered the advantage during the reverse fixture where they were embarrassed by a 4-0 score which ousted them from the tournament.
In the current campaign, they are at the top of their Champions League group with eight points after four games and they can seal qualification to the next round with a victory over Borussia Dortmund at home. Still, they can’t take things for granted, given Borussia Dortmund managed to play a stalemate against them during the reverse fixture and the same was the case with Slavia Prague, whom they face during the final matchday of the group stage phase.
Meanwhile, the Blaugrana have enjoyed a good run of form through the La Liga campaign and they are presently at the top of the league standings on goal difference to Real Madrid. They have won seven of the previous eight league matches with the other game ending in a 3-1 defeat to Levante on the road.