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BARÇA NEEDS THE VICTORY

An 'injured' Barça receives Levante without the option of failing again

Published:12/12/2020 - 21:33h

Updated:13/12/2020 - 19:45h

FC Barcelona receives Levante this Sunday in a match in which Ronald Koeman's men cannot fail. After the defeat in Cádiz, Barça needs the 3 points to continue dreaming of LaLiga and to get closer to the Champions League positions

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The FC Barcelona receives this Sunday from the 21:00 hours of the night to the Raise in the Camp Nou. The Barcelona can not go back to fail after his unexpected defeat in Cádiz the past weekend. The culés are already too far of the Athletic of Madrid, leader of this League in these moments, and can not allow the luxury to follow losing points regarding the colchoneros.

Besides, the ones of Ronald Koeman have to raise after the humiliation that suffered against the Juventus of Turín this past Tuesday. The Catalans played the first place of group in the phase of groups of the Champions League against the bianconeros and finish going out goleados by 0-3. The defeat caused that the blaugrana have happened second to eighth and by this reason will have to play against a powerful rival in the following round.

The image that left the barcelonistas in this duel in front of the juventinos left a lot that wish, the same that the showed against the Cádiz. For this reason, in front of the Raise no alone voucher win, but it also is necessary to convince to the fans and show that this team can take out this delicate situation. For this, the Dutch trainer, that comes under scrutiny, will take out an eleven very similar to the that fell in Ramón of Carranza does a week.

It expects that Martin Braithwaite return to the tip of attack after his suplencia against the Juve, and also that Philippe Coutinho, that did not contest neither an alone minute in Europe, was in the line of three mediapuntas. The Brazilian will compete with Pedri by a place in the eleven, although by status seems complicated that Koeman 'seat' by second consecutive meeting to the ex of the Liverpool.

Doubts in the midfield culé

On the other hand, in spite of his complaints regretting his fault of minutes in League, Miralem Pjanic aims again to the suplencia. Sergio Busquets, unpublished in Champions, will be to title with total security. By his side, Frenkie of Jong, in spite of his toneless level this course, has the total backrest of his trainer, by what would be very odd that began in the bench. The bosnio, therefore, will add his tenth duel like acting in the championship.

In defence there are few doubts in spite of the toneless performance that is giving Clément Lenglet. The French is playing very badly this campaign and is committing too many errors, but his alternative, Samuel Umtiti, seems still less reliable. The ex of the Seville will play for being the lower evil and to his side, if it does not happen at all rare, will be Ronald Araújo that has won to Óscar Mingueza the game. In the sides will follow, as always, Jordi Alba and Sergiño Dest.

The Raise arrive falling and very needy

Right now, the Raise only has 11 points and is falling, by what will go out to the Camp Nou to try, like minimum, mark. The ones of Paco López can not allow the luxury of 'throw' the 3 points for being a so big rival like the Barça and will try to take advantage of the bad moment of the culés. For this, as in them is usual, the levantinistas will try presionar up, steal the fastest possible and go out with spaces to take advantage of the backs of the defences barcelonistas.

Unfortunately for the granotas, his more important player to the hour to conserve the balloon and deliver game will not be. José Campaign is lesionado and will be a very hard loss for his team. Besides, neither it will be Bardhi, with physical problems, another footballer of quality to the that the ones of Valencia will throw in fault. By this reason, the visitors could be a group something distinct to the of these last seasons, and look for to give less touch to arrive to put it rival.

Jorge Of Fruits, ex canterano of the Real Madrid, arrives in shape to the crash and could be a big problem for the band of Jordi Alba. The extreme is fast, has desborde and will take advantage of the spaces that can leave the Catalan. Besides, another ex madridista like Dani Gómez will be the uncomfortable couple of dance of Lenglet and Araújo beside Roger Martí. Both will be the big dangers of face to goal and it will be necessary to have them under control.

Luckily, as always, the defence advanced that is used to to practise the Raise will do that the Barcelona can have a lot of metres if it achieves to break the line of pressure. Precisely in this appearance could be the meeting, since if the Barça achieves to happen this first line will attain big options of goal. Leo Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Martin Braithwaite will have to take advantage of of these spaces that surely there will be between the midfield and the defence of the Valencians.

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