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Quique Setién and Leo Messi share a challenge in the visit to San Mamés

Published:4/02/2020 - 20:42h

Updated:4/02/2020 - 20:42h

Barça is already preparing its next Copa del Rey match, and Quique Setién and Leo Messi share a challenge in the visit to San Mamés. Both the coach and the player have unfinished business with Athletic Club

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After doing the duties in LaLiga, the calendar gives back to the FC Barcelona to the Glass of Rey, in which it already is to a step of the semifinals. The Catalans won to Ibiza and Leganés and face his last commitment to only party, before the penultimate round unfold in gone and turn and give step to a finalísima that still remains far. To day of today, touches to centre in an Athletic Club that separates them of the next eliminatory.

In the clash with the 'lions', Quique Setién and Leo Messi share challenge, since both have pending accounts. The preparador of Santander has joined strengths with one of the best players of the world in the City Condal and pretends to help him in the fight by the titles, but curiously the two will have to resolve first some problems that have found in the last visits to territory bilbaíno.

The new trainer culé never has won in Saint Mamés, that resisted him with the UD The Palms and with the Real Betis. His first attempt was the nearest to a victory, and had to conform with a 2-2 in his stage in the Canarian bench (season 2015-16). In the following course was goleado (5-1 in the 2016-17), and neither was him too well in his adventure with the Andalusians (2-0 in the 2017-18 and 1-0 in the 2018-19).

In fact, the rojiblancos are a rival that him atraganta often to the Cantabrian, that only has won them in an occasion. His global balance is of a triumph, three ties and four defeats in eight direct duels, and to the results mentioned it is necessary to add a tie and a victory with the 'pío-pío' (0-0 in the 2015-16 and 3-1 in the 2016-17) and another defeat and another equalised with the heliopolitanos (0-2 in the 2017-18 and 2-2 in the 2018-19).

Messi wants to win in Saint Mamés in Glass

Although his statistics against the Athletic are promising, Messi wants to finish with his maleficio in Saint Mamés in the Glass. His register in the total of competitions is of 24 victories, nine ties and hardly two defeats in 35 clashes, but not even the 24 goals that has marked to the Basques serve of guarantee in the tournament of the 'KO'. This is the only stage that has given him some that another discontent.

The one of Rosario never has won in The Cathedral in this championship in concrete, although yes it has acted like visitor in several finals, that contested in a neutral stadium. His three face to face in this type of appointments left joys for the Barça, since to the 1-4 that tieed up a title in 2009 (with included goal) followed him the trophies of 2012 (0-3 and another target) and of 2015 (1-3 and two so many for the Argentinian).

Although it is true that several crosses compensated home, also is it that the '10' accumulates a tie and a defeat, with a 1-1 in the turn of eighth of final of the season 2010-11 and a 2-1 in the gone of the same round in the 2016-17. The nearest precedent invites to the Barcelona to desconfiar, since in the visit liguera of the past month of August, the visitors lost by 1-0 without his captain, that was lesionado.

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