BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Hyped as not just the world's best team but perhaps one of the greatest of all time, Barcelona is finding the challenge of living up to expectations rather difficult early in the new season.
Barca opened the defense of its Champions League title with a disappointing 2-2 draw despite dominating AC Milan at the Camp Nou. The result came three days after a late defensive collapse allowed Real Sociedad to recover from two goals down to draw 2-2 in the Spanish league.
Daniel Alves, who was part of a makeshift defense against Milan, says the result makes the team look ''silly.''
Despite guiding Barcelona to 12 trophies in his three full seasons, coach Pep Guardiola accepts his team is far from perfect and that it needs ''to do a little more to be the best in all competitions.''