A KEY VISIT FOR BARÇA
San Mamés, the setting for Barça to be +9 ahead Madrid before the Clásico
In the week before the Clásico, FC Barcelona visits Athletic Club in San Mamés with the imperial need to win to increase the advantage over Real Madrid in the LaLiga Santander table
The Classical of 19 March hoards all the looks in the FC Barcelona: they will be able to win to the Real Madrid in the Camp Nou? They will increase the advantage to 12 points to define LaLiga? It will remain opened the championship after the Classical? They are a lot of questions, but the history of the efrentamiento more important of the Spanish championship 'begin' this Sunday with the visit of the ones of Xavi Hernández to the Athletic Club in Saint Mamés.
The balloon will throw to film from the 21:00 hours (CET) in the house of the 'lions' and for the Barça treats of an authentic final, because it does not cross his best level futbolístico and, also, because it can give an idea on the intensity with which will live the Classical of the next week, especially after the Real Madrid imposed in his party against the RCD Espanyol that reduces the distance with the culés to six points (62 vs 56).
In research of the good feelings of the Barça
Although the culés come of two victories followed, in Glass of the King in front of the Real Madrid (0-1) and in LaLiga in front of Valencia (1-0), the feelings have not been the best. The ones of Xavi Hernández have to recover his good football and win with more forcefulness and less suffering, as it has happened in the last dates.
Against the group 'ché', the Barça suffered more than the account and saw peligrar, of constant way, the victory in the last minutes. The good news is that the defensive solidity is imposing and 'causing' that the culés carry out the parties even when they are not fine in the attack. It is a point very in favour, but is necessary -now more than ever- that the Barcelona step advance to the hour to generate danger.
Saint Mamés, a dangerous field
Although in the last two parties against the Athletic Club, by LaLiga Santander, have finished with goleadas incontestables of the culés (4-0 in the 2021/2022 and 4-0 in the present course), in Saint Mamés, the last visit was more than complicated and finish with a suffered 1-1, although in the previous clash, in the 20-21, the Barcelona carried the victory by 2-3.
The team trained by the exazulgrana Ernesto Valverde does not finish to find the regularity in LaLiga in this 2023. Toctualmente are in the ninth position of the championship, with 33 points, but to four units of the European places. They are conscious that win to the Barça could approach them to the 'dream' to go back to contest a European competition. However, also it is true that the Athletic has not seen very 'put' in the tournament suspender belt and that his priority, to day of today, is to classify to the final of the Glass of Rey.
The situation is not ideal for the 'lions', but equally the Barcelona group can not trust because it is a team that constantly generates danger and that has attackers that, with very little, are able to confine in the rival area. The speed of Nico Williams and the intelligence of his brother, Iñaki, are two 'factors' that they can change the party and that the ones of Xavi Hernández will have to 'attack' very well.
In the previous, Ernesto Valverde has desvelado good news for his, with the return of Of Marcos, but could not have Yuri Berchiche. The exazulgrana will have a few líos to the hour to look for plant face to a Barça that it wants to win and recover the good feelings to follow directing the title of League.
Lewandowski And Gavi return to the Barça
This Saturday confirmed the return of Robert Lewandowski to the announcement of the Barça tras surpass overloads in the biceps femoral of the left thigh that suffered in the party against the Almería (1-0) and that forced him to lose the parties against the Real Madrid, by the gone of the semifinals of the Glass of Rey, and in front of Valencia. It foresees that the '9' return to the alignment title to certify like the only Pichichi of LaLiga.
On the other hand, in the announcement also has been included a Gavi that had lost the last bump suspender belt by accumulation of cards. Xavi recovers to one of his more decisive midfield players for a night in which only it costs to win. By the contrary, loses to Ronald Araújo, the one who saw the direct expulsion in the crash against Valencia and will be drop in this day.
Technical index card of the party: Athletic Club-FCBarcelona
- Party: Athletic Club-F Barcelona
- Competition: LaLiga
- Stadium: Saint Mamés
- Television: Sunday, 12 March 2023 to the 21:00 hours (CET).
- Calendar 2022-2023: LaLiga Santander, Glass of Rey.