A brilliant Tweet involving Craig Dawson and Barcelona has gone viral as a potential West Ham clash becomes a genuine possibility.
West Ham sailed through their Europa League group with a game to spare.
Winning the group effectively rewarded West Ham with a four-month break from European football.
And when David Moyes’s side resume for the last 16 knockouts in March, they will be just three ties from the final.
In February everyone connected with West Ham can sit back and relax as they watch the second placed teams from the Europa League group stages face off against the third place dropouts of each of the eight Champions League groups for the right to play against the Hammers and the other seven group winners in the last 16.
And last night it was confirmed that Barcelona will be one of those Champions League dropouts, raising the very real possibility that West Ham might face the Catalan giants in the competition.
It is the first time in over 20 years Barca have dropped into the Europa League.
So this could literally be a once in a generation chance for West Ham’s dream clash of the claret and blues.
Of course the likes of Barcelona would have to win their two-legged play-off tie first before they are even in the mix to face the likes of West Ham.
But West Ham would have nothing to fear from Barca given they have beaten some of the best teams in the world’s best league this season including Liverpool and Chelsea.
And they went toe-to-toe with Man City too.
So much so that a brilliant Craig Dawson Barcelona Tweet has gone viral since the Camp Nou side were ejected from the Champions League.
Brilliant Craig Dawson Barcelona Tweet goes viral as West Ham clash becomes possibility
Following Barca’s 3-0 defeat to Bayern the Twitter account Footy Accumulators posted: “So, you’re telling me it’s a possibility?
“Barcelona 0-1 West Ham C.Dawson (88′).”
Just imagine that West Ham fans.
The funny thing is, given West Ham are the most dominant team in Europe from set pieces and Barca’s weakness in that – and many other – areas this season, it is by no means a stretch to even suggest it.
A trip to sunny Barcelona and that famous stadium in March or beyond could seriously be on the cards.
There are other sides in the mix too after dropping out of the CL.
RB Leipzig, Porto, Borussia Dortmund, Sheriff, Zenit St Petersburg, Sevilla and either Atalanta or Villarreal – whose game was postponed until this evening due to snow – will also parachute in to the Europa League play-off round for the right to face the likes of West Ham and Lazio.
Exciting times on the horizon.