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Barcelona manager upset with fans for booing the team in Champions League

He has a point.

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Barcelona went down a goal to Bayer Leverkusen early in their Champions League match on Tuesday, and they struggled to create much until the very end, when they fought back to win 2-1. The Camp Nou whistled and booed their team during parts of the second half, and manager Luis Enrique wasn't happy.

"We needed their support today when things weren't going our way," said Enrique. "You can hear the whistling very clearly from the pitch. The credit this team has, it deserves more. This team deserves a higher faith, it deserves credit, unshakable support. If we don't run, okay, but the team was trying its heart out. The belief should be there from the fans, belief and support that we need."

If you pay your money to get into the Camp Nou, you can chant whatever you want, but it's certainly strange that fans would boo a treble-winning side in their first game without their best player.

Goal of the day

Luis Suarez's winner for Barca.

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Tuesday's games

You can find recaps of all the Champions League games here. (

What to watch on Tuesday (click for listings, all times ET)

Champions League: Eight games (from 12 p.m.) - An Astana match gets things started. Man United-Wolfsburg might be the best game.

US Open Cup: Union vs. Sporting KC (7 p.m.) - Did you even know this existed? The final of America's oldest soccer competition is on Tuesday night.

Liga MX: Three games (from 7:45 p.m.) - Rare midweek fun from Mexico.


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