KEY MATCH FOR BARÇA
A derby to continue at the top of LaLiga: Barça returns to Montilivi
FC Barcelona returns to Montilivi 1,462 days after its last visit. This Saturday, starting at 4:15 p.m. (CET), the Catalans will seek to score three key points at Girona's home
The FC Barcelona is in a dynamic imparable in this 2023 and will look for to close the month of January with a new victory in LaLiga to certify, more than ever, his leadership in solitary in the classification. They will do it with a thrilling derbi in front of the Girona in the Municipal stadium of Montilivi, from the 16:15 hours (CET).
It will be the first party of the Barcelona entity in the feudo gerundese in 1462 days. It was four years ago, on 27 January 2019, the last time that the Barça stepped the field of Montilivi in a party that defined with goals of Semedo and Leo Messi. They had confronted in a friendly, in 2021, but from four years ago did not see the faces in official competitions.
The ones of Xavi Hernández visit to the team of Míchel in his best moment of the season and with the feeling that no 'swim' resists them . They are in the highest of LaLiga Santander, with three points of difference on the Real Madrid, finish to concretise his pass to the semifinals of the Glass of Rey and, does so alone two weeks, proclaimed champions of the Supercopa of Spain. A January that has been unforgettable for the culés.
Like this then , the Barça will look for to close the month with a new victory and joy to follow signing his candidature to carry the title of League. They come of two parties in which only they have marked a goal (0-1 vs Athletic and 1-0 vs Getafe), by what the challenge is capital and Xavi has had to adjust things to avoid again a suffering and follow, a week more, in the highest of the classification in solitary.
They will face up to it a Girona with which have a very positive record. They have confronting in thirteen opportunities and the culés have carried eleven victories, in total. However, it is worth it to mention that only they have confronted in official competitions in four opportunities, in League, with a favourable register for the culés: three victories and a tie.
It will be a special duel in which, besides, the Barça will take advantage of to première his fourth T-shirt of the season, which has adopted the design of the 'señera' and does reference to the bond of the club with the Catalan identity. They première it in a very important afternoon and with the 'hope' that it bring good fortune.
A challenge of height
Although the Girona is in his first season after rising to First, have resulted to be one of the most regular teams in the first turn of the championship. At present they are in the eleventh position of the table, with 21 points and by behind the Almería, with five victories, six ties and seven defeats to date.
They come of a suffered party (and defeat) in The Ceramics, against the Villarreal, in which Gazzaniga dressed of star to sustain to his. The guardameta will be a quebradero of head for the Barça, that in the last parties of LaLiga has not been very hit of face to the rival goal and that only has marked three goals in his last three presentations, with three triumphs and a tie.
In the previous of the meeting, Xavi recognised that the Girona "is a brave team, that presiona, steals balloons in contrary field. It seems enough to what want to do we. Míchel Is of the trainers that more likes me of the category. It does things very interesting. We expect a very hard party".
Likewise, it did reference to the importance to close the parties before: "it concerns Me not to sentence them. Have to improve a lot of things, but have won . We are in a very good situation. It is necessary to put in value how were the past year and how are now. There are things that improve, obviously, but also positive. We have improved a lot on line defensive. I think that we are in a very good moment of form and has to value ".
Technical index card of the party: Girona-FC Barcelona
- Party: Girona-FC Barcelona
- Competition: LaLiga
- Stadium: Municipal Stadium of Montilivi
- Television: Saturday, 28 January to the 16:15 hours (CET)
- Calendar 2022-2023: LaLiga Santander, Glass of Rey, Europe League.