FIRST FINAL IN MESTALLA
A more demanding test for Setién's Barça: Next stop, Valencia
Published:24/01/2020 - 23:47h
Updated:25/01/2020 - 09:06h
Quique Setién's Barça got two victories in two games, but at his next stop it must raise its level. The catalans visit Mestalla for a more demanding test, against a rival as dangerous as Valencia
The FC Barcelona bet for changing of trainer does some weeks, and has started with victories a demanding 2020. The fight by the titles keeps intact after saying goodbye to Ernesto Valverde and welcome Quique Setién, that treats to improve to his with a 'pre-season inside the season'. After some days of relative tranquility, the recently arrived confronts to an examination of maximum level.
With feelings very distinct, the preparador Cantabrian debuted with triumphs in LaLiga and the Glass of Rey. His pupilos left good image in front of an excellent Granada, and even with important drops, ensured three points with a so much of Leo Messi. His intentions remained clear so much at stake as in system, although shortly after it complicated in some experiments in the eleven that almost cost him the elimination in front of the Ibiza.
The changes of names and training could pausarse in Mestalla, where the calendar brings the first test against a rival of Champions. To the of Santander does not remain him more remedy that adapt to base of proof and error, but while medita if the best for suplir to Luis Suárez is a signing of emergency in January, will have to throw of certainties to go back home with the leadership in his hands and the pressure for the Real Madrid.
The ex of the Real Betis has a lot of alternatives to present an alignment of guarantees, that it will be necessary to see if it follows with a 4-3-3 or displaces to the 4-4-2. Possession, consistency and depth are his wishes to visit to the 'che', and touches to check if the search with an extreme like Ansu Fati or with a todoterreno like Arturo Vidal. The míster, for the moment, hides his letters, and could play the two or not to do it any.
The one who is evident that will lead to the Barcelona to banks of the Turia is the captain, Leo Messi to the that give him well the 'bats'. The one of Rosario sees them like his third favourite victim after Seville and Athletic of Madrid (28 so many to the valencianistas by 38 to the Andalusians and 31 to the Madrilenian), but wants to put end to a series of three consecutive meetings marking them but without achieving celebrate a victory.
And with the accounts by the first place hoarding all the attention, the quota of protagonist also covers to the canteranos, that have initiated his individual 'rotation' in the announcements of the first team. After studying carefully to Carles Pérez and Riqui Puig, Setién has opened the door to other mates, and to Mestalla carries to Iñaki Crag that will cover to the lesionado Net and also to another perla like Álex Hill.
Valencia wants to go back to amargar to the Barça
Although it does not go through his best moment of the course, Valencia wants to go back to give the chime and surprise to the Barça. The culés took the revancha with a 5-2 in the Camp Nou in the first turn, but the men of Marcelino García Toral braked them in the past season with two ties suspender belts (1-1 in Valencia and 2-2 in the City Condal) and a painful final of Glass of the King that finish dyed of blanquinegro.
With Albert Celades to the controls, the aim is to win and move away the focus of two proper names. A drop confirmed is the captain, Dani Parejo, that was expelled in a day to forget in Sound Moix. Another that could be it in some days is Rodrigo Moreno, that the Saturday will confront to the Barcelona and before it close the wintry window could put his T-shirt. For the moment, the only that explains is the football.
Technical index card of the party: Valencia-FC Barcelona
- Party: Valencia-FC Barcelona
- Competition: LaLiga 2019-20
- Stadium: Mestalla BUY ENTRANCES
- Schedules and television: Saturday 25 January 16:00 (peninsular schedule Spanish)
- Calendar 2019-20: League Santander, Champions League, Glass of Rey