A KEY MATCH
Forced to win! Everything you need to know about Valencia-FC Barcelona
Published:2/05/2021 - 00:11h
Updated:2/05/2021 - 19:44h
FC Barcelona visits Valencia this Sunday at the Mestalla, with the obligation to add the three points to stay alive in the fight for LaLiga
LaLiga Lives his final stretch and the pressure for the applicants to the title is maximum. The FC Barcelona is, perhaps, the team with more worries of face to the last crashes of the season, considering the big 'trip' in front of the Granada, that avoided that the ones of Ronald Koeman assaulted the leadership of the national championship to depend on yes same in the last five days of the competition.
Like this then , the crash in front of Valencia, this Sunday from the 21:00 hours in Mestalla, will be a true final for the Barça, that can enchufarse directly to the fight by the title or say him goodbye to his options in LaLiga. For the Catalans, all what was not to add three points, is a defeat. In front of the group 'ché', it will be necessary presionar from the beginning and look for a positive result that of illusions for the doublet.
In the previous of the party, the culés arrive after the defeat in front of the 'nazaríes', but before this the dynamics was being very positive. The victories in front of the Getafe (5-2) and Villarreal (1-2) had left to the culés with good feelings, approaching them to the title. However, the reality is that the crash in front of the Granada has changed the panorama and it will be necessary to see how react the players, remembering that they felt very disappointed after the result.
The mentality will be very important, even more than the physical or tactical appearance. The thirst of victory of the staff blaugrana, showed in the final of the Glass of Rey, will be key in the party in front of Valencia and in the four back days of the championship. In the concrete case of the group 'ché', the last no full antecedent of hopes to the barcelonismo, but has to serve like a push to give a hit on the table, remembering that to finals of December, in the Camp Nou, the Barça left two points when remaining in tables in front of Valencia (2-2).
Of course, the situation right now is very distinct and Valencia has gone in free fall, litigating still for moving away of the zone of descent. In fact, they add two defeats and three ties in his last five parties in LaLiga, being the victory in front of the Granada (2-1), in March, the last time that the Valencians added three points in the Spanish championship. Besides, they come of a tie 'in extremis' in front of the Sportive Alavés (1-1), after tracing back to last hour the goal of Guidetti.
Like this then , it is a party in which both teams play a lot. The Barça the possibility to follow him the rhythm to the Atleti and Madrid, whereas the ones of Javi García will struggle by the three points that serve of 'mattress' in the last stretch of the season and avoid any surprise with his perseguidores in the half zone of the classification.
Koeman Will not be in the crash
The big absence for the party between blaugrana and the group 'ché' will be Ronald Koeman, that will not return to the stadium that went his house in the season 2007-2008, when it directed to Valencia. The Dutch trainer will not be present in the duel by sanction, after having been expelled by González Strong in the crash in front of the Granada by a supposed exchange of words with the fourth referee of the meeting, that finished with a 'Go character..." Of Koeman.
Although it will not be the one of Zaandam, the good news is that all the staff is available for the crash, to exception of Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho and Martín Braithwaite, that continue recovering of his respective physical problems. In this sense, lyou blaugrana will be able to configure a competitive alignment to carry the three points of Mestalla, that surely will have several changes regarding which went out in the Camp Nou the past Thursday.
Valencia arrives with all his players
Javi García will be able to have all his effective, to the not having drops, for the first time in the season, by injury neither by sanction, reason by which the technician will prepare an eleven that can complicate him the night to the culés. Valencia does not have low neither by injury neither by sanction with what the technician navarro has of all his footballers. However, the technician navarro does not trust of the ones of Koeman, signalling in press conference that the Barça "comes of a defeat, but see his ease and capacity goleadora to take out the parties advance The Real without doing a bad party fit six goals. It is a team that generates you a lot of danger and if it is hit have few options to take out something positive".