A THREE GAMES WEEK
After doing the job in Champions, it is time for LaLiga: A key week for Barça
Published:12/12/2019 - 22:17h
Updated:13/12/2019 - 00:22h
Barça fulfilled its obligations in the Champions League and awaits the draw for the round of 16, but now it must pay full attention to LaLiga. A week with three decisive matches will be key to the fight for the title
The FC Barcelona fulfilled his paper in the phase of groups of the Champions League, and will be head of series in the draw of eighth. The Catalans closed his participation in the tournament until the next month of February with a victory with rotations, and now have changed of chip thinking in another key week. After doing the duties in Europe, the obligations move to the fight by LaLiga.
On the way to final of year there are several commitments of level, and the first is a visit to the Real Sociedad. The aim is to lengthen the series of four consecutive triumphs that has allowed to sustain the leadership, and to do well the suffering of Butarque or Wanda Metropolitan it will be necessary to shine in another stadium 'damned', the one of Anoeta (Saturday 14 December, 16:00, peninsular schedule Spanish). Win to a group that is in good form would be decisive shortly before another marked meeting in red in the calendar, and more taking into account the appointment of the rival maximum.
In this same day, the Real Madrid will face a proof of fire, since it touches him displace to Mestalla. The coliseo blanquinegro never is easy for any applicant, and although Valencia accumulates something of wear by his efforts to be in the eliminatory of the most prestigious competition of the old continent, his motivation is by the clouds. Zinedine Zidane needs the best version of his pupilos, since the injuries and the possible sanctions condition him of face to another 'final' that faces hardly three days afterwards (the whites play the Sunday 15 to the 21:00).
The Wednesday 18 December already expects to the wished Classical of the Camp Nou (20:00 hours), that if the 'txuri-urdin' or the 'che' do not do it before, could decant the battle by the first place. Since it started the campaign, culés and 'merengues' are immersed in a hand manually in which anybody seems can follow them, and if there are not tables in the Estadi, the victorious could take an advantage that costs more than ever -also thinking in the 'goal average'-. Both have parked the doubts with which premièred the course, but as it warned Leo Messi, in this party there is not favourite.
Without time for the reaction will arrive the last examination of 2019 for the two big, the weekend of the 21 and 22 December. The Saturday to the 16:00, a dangerous schedule, the Barça will have to go back to fulfil in front of the Sportive Alavés, whereas the Real Madrid will want to follow adding in the visit of the Athletic Club to Santiago Bernabéu (Sunday, 21:00). Afterwards there will be a brief truce, with a period navideño that will open the doors to the 2020.
The advantage in LaLiga will be key before the stop
Although they will remain a lot of months to litigate by LaLiga, the advantage always is key before a stop. As it comments Ernesto Valverde frequently, the performance of a team goes measuring to measure that the course goes cutting, and be by in front leaves better feelings that go in tow, something that obviously gener more uncertainty. The sprint to final of year already is programmed, and the Barça expects to be to the height.