BARCELONA players had a rough night's sleep after Galatasaray fans set off FIREWORKS outside their hotel.

The two teams clash in a hotly anticipated Europa League last-16 second leg on Thursday night.


The Catalan giants haven't played in Europe's second-tier competition in 18 YEARS, but face a chance to reach the quarter finals if they win in Turkey.

Xavi Hernandez's side are unbeaten since January and have been on top form since the transfer window shut and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined the team.

Boss Xavi described Aubameyang as a ‘gift from heaven’ in an interview this week.

The striker has regained his goal scoring prowess at Barca, his five goals in his first six league games is a record no one has achieved since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2009.

Read More On Cheltenham Festival

Sun shining on St Patrick’s Day as punters pour in for more action

Cheltenham Festival – free bets: Claim £60 welcome bonus with William Hill

The 32-year-old has played a huge part in the Catalan giants' sudden rejuvenation.

Star winger Ousmane Dembele has also found a fresh lease of life since being booed by his own fans in February.

The 24-year-old Frenchman looked set for a move away until transfer talks broke down, and he has thrived since.

Barcelona were still held to a goalless draw with Galatasaray the the first leg at the Camp Nou last week, setting up the crucial decider.

Most read in Football

RUTHLESS RAID

Pogba's mansion robbed & safe stolen as kids slept in bed during Man Utd game

ZOUMA CHARGED

Kurt Zouma charged by RSPCA after West Ham star was filmed kicking a cat

SPURS LEGEND DIES

Ex-Tottenham double-winning ace Tony Marchi passes away, aged 89

RUDI HELL

Man Utd should sign Antonio Rudiger to challenge Harry Maguire, says Pallister

CHELTENHAM FREE BETS AND SIGN UP OFFERS – ALL THE LATEST DEALS FOR THE RACING THIS WEEK

In Wednesday's pre-match press conference, Xavi said: "We cannot slip up, it's all or nothing.

"We need more intensity than the first leg. I did not like the first half. We were better in the second half but not clinical.

"We didn't do our homework last week and now we have to win away at a tough stadium, with fans that really support the team, some of the best in Europe."

Earlier this week, Barcelona agreed a mega-money partnership with Spotify.

    Source: Read Full Article