After the international commitments of the qualifying rounds for the World Cup, the ball rolled again in the local leagues. This Monday the Barcelona receive the Valladolid with the ambition to continue cutting the distance in the table. The leader is the Atlético de Madrid, which has 66 units. The Catalans are four …
Messi has 23 goals in La Liga this season. Photo: AFP.
The set of Messi comes from thrashing Real Sociedad 6-1, with a double of the Argentine. 10 dates from the end of the season, those led by Koeman they cannot waste any opportunity if they want to take the title from the Cholo Simeone.
For its part, Valladolid is in the race to maintain the category. Is positioned 16º, and four points separate it from the red zone. The last game had a draw with a bitter end. They let slip two points against him Sevilla, in a game that was practically closed. They won by the minimum and in the last play, the Sevillian goalkeeper went up to head in the corner, and put the 1-1 in agony. Now they must face Barcelona, which has not fallen 18 dates ago.
The last match was for Barcelona, 3-0. Messi made one. Photo: AFP.
WHAT TIME DOES BARCELONA – VALLADOLID PLAY?
The match will take place at the Camp Nou, the Monday, April 5 from 4:00 p.m. in Argentina. The designated referee for the match is Jaime Latre.
WHERE TO SEE BARCELONA – VALLADOLID LIVE?
DIRECTV SPORTS will broadcast the game live for Argentina. Also, as usual, you will be able to follow it for Ole.
HOW DOES BARCELONA ARRIVE?
The Blaugranas do not tire of winning. Being unable to conquer Europe, due to the early elimination in Champions at the hands of PSG, Koeman aims all his cannons at La Liga, and he comes with good precision. It has not fallen 18 dates ago in the local tournament, and in those he harvested 15 wins and three draws.
Messi celebrating in the last game. Photo: DPA.
Barsa has 62 points, which leaves him four behind Aleti de Simeone. In the last two days, prior to the international stop, the Culés have added 10 goals in favor and two against. They beat Huesca 4-1, and the most recent, 6-1 at the Real society. The team that had worst start to season in 33 years, he found his way and now he looks comfortable and confident.
Messi talking to Koeman. Photo: REUTERS.
The match against Valladolid will be a litmus test for the Catalans to maintain the good level, and prepare for two important commitments that are approaching: on Saturday April 10 they will face off against Real Madrid. Those of Zidane They are two units away from Barcelona, and it could be a key game for the definition of the championship. What’s more, could turn out to be Messi’s last Clásico with the Blaugrana shirt. But the thing does not end there, because a week later they will be measured against the Athletic Bilbao, by Final of the Copa del Rey.
Barsa received good news in the face of the game against Valladolid. After two months off, Sergi Roberto – who suffered an injury in February – will once again be at the Dutch coach’s disposal. For its part, Gerard Piqué he continues to evolve from his knee sprain, and is in doubt for the match. While Ansu fati and Philippe Coutinho they are casualties due to injury.
HOW DOES MESSI ARRIVE?
The Lionel Messi thing this season has no name. The 10 leads the threads of the team and empowers all his teammates thanks to a very high level. At 33 he is the top scorer in La Liga (23 shouts in 26 games), and shares the first position in the assists table (has 8 goal passes). The Rosario no longer has the speed he had at 25, when he left defenders lying on all sides. But what he lost in physicality, he gained in mental quickness. All occasions of danger of the team, bear the seal of Messi.
Leo shone again in the last game. He gave an assist and scored a double in the beating of the Royal Society. But also, it was a night of records. Messi reached 768 games with the Culé shirt, and he became the player who defended her the most times on a court. And in turn, the two goals helped him reach the mark of the 700 in the club. (663 in official matches and 37 in friendlies). Yes, those are their numbers: 700 goals in 768 games … unusual.
HOW DOES THE VALLADOLID GET?
Albivioletas need to score points to avoid falling into the relegation zone. They are 16th with 27 points, and only four separate them from Eibar which is 18th. Those led by Sergio Gonzalez they missed two very important points in an unusual way on the last date. They received Sevilla and almost got the victory, which would have been key to the fight to maintain the category. But in the last ball of the game, the goalkeeper Bounou went to the attack in a corner. And after an inefficient clearance, Uno found the ball and sent it to the back of the net.
Now Valladolid will have another challenge, and one even more complicated. He will have to visit Barcelona, which seems unbeatable. Plus arrives with many casualties: It has eight discarded players, between injuries and coronavirus infections.
One of the figures of Valladolid is Lucas Olaza. The Uruguayan full-back who has been on loan since Boca, took hold in the starting eleven. And as confirmed from Spain, the club will buy the player’s pass for 4 million euros, once your loan from Xeneize ends.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, De Jong, Lenglet; Dest, Busquets, Pedri, Sergi Roberto, Jordi Alba; Griezmann and Messi.
Valladolid: Masip; Janko, Javi Sánchez, El Yamiq, Olaza; Roque Mesa, Alcaraz, Óscar Plano, Baeza; Weissman and Sergi Guardiola.
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