Classic on the horizon

Barcelona receives a Valladolid that arrives in the box tonight. De Jong and Messi, one card away from missing the decisive duel with Real Madrid the next day.


Barcelona returns to the hunt for the leader who left in style before the league break after beating Real Sociedad, the flaming Cup champion, 1-6 at home. He will do it tonight closing the day at the Camp Nou (9:00 p.m., Movistar LaLiga) against a Valladolid that arrives in the box between injuries, sanctions and losses due to COVID. The pucelanos accumulate ten absences, so Sergio has no choice but to pull players from Promesas.

The Castilian team seems a favorable victim for a Barcelona that is in danger of giving up the game for liquidation before being played before the temptation to pay more attention to next Saturday's game: neither more nor less than the visit to Valdebebas to face in the Classic to Real Madrid.

Koeman's main task, as the Dutch coach recognized in the pre-match press conference, is to ensure that his players are present (follow the game live on .

For this reason, Koeman wants to lead by example and dropped that he does not intend to reserve anyone thinking about the big game next Saturday. A decision that carries its objective risks, especially in what affects two pieces so fundamental for the Blaugrana team as they are Messi and De Jong. Both players accumulate four yellows and if they are cautioned in the course of tonight's game they will miss the Classic. For now, if Koeman is to be believed, both will be in the starting eleven. "This is not the time to reserve anyone," said the Dutchman.

For his part, Sergio González could not be clearer when he summed up the mood of his team on Saturday. "It has been a shitty week," said the coach, who made it clear that he does not intend to throw the game, but is aware that scoring seems an almost impossible mission. The pucelanos are three points above the relegation zone after starting an important draw against Sevilla on the last match day.

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