Barça, to forget the defeat against Bayern

Xavi Hernández, Barça coach. / Ronald Wittek (Efe)

Matchday 6

The Barça team faces Elche at the Camp Nou with the aim of sleeping as leader

turn page That is what Barcelona wants to do this Saturday at the Camp Nou. The team led by Xavi faces Elche with the aim of forgetting the painful defeat against Bayern Munich as soon as possible and achieving a victory that allows them to rise to the leadership provisionally and go to the national team break with the good feelings they had maintained before traveling to Germany.

«We are always aware of the League and more of the Madrid derby, but we are focused on winning and then we will see the other results. They are three vital points, we want to have the same sensations as in Munich, but with victory, "said Xavi this Friday at the press conference prior to his team's duel against Elche. The Tarrasa coach is aware of how important it is for his team's emotional aspect to leave behind a defeat like the one at the Allianz Arena and return to winning ways at home, before an audience that expected to hit the table against to the Bavarian giant.

And it is that Barça will jump onto the Camp Nou pitch this Saturday to close a week full of ups and downs. The slump of the defeat against Bayern was offset by the renewal of Gavi and the rush for this contract extension has ended up being cushioned this Friday by a new absence of Ansu Fati in the Spanish team's summoned list. The young pearl culé is still looking for her best physical tone and meanwhile Xavi calls for calm. “It is not a mental issue, it is a forgotten injury. He is one hundred percent but we are making a plan with great caution », he assured regarding a player that he can have a new opportunity against Elche.


It will not be easy for Ansu Fati, since Xavi has, once again, with all his troops. The Tarrasa coach has not been sanctioned or injured, so he will be able to put into the fray an eleven very similar to the one that has already become his trusted squad in recent weeks, but with some small adjustments to alleviate the crush of matches. Busquets could have rest instead of Frenkie de Jong, Bellerín could repeat on the right side and Ansu would be the great novelty in attack along with the untouchables Ousmane Dembélé and Robert Lewandowski.

A wounded opponent

Opposite will be a team that already knows what it is to complicate things, and in what way, to Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Last year, with Xavi already on the bench, Elche visited the Blaugrana fiefdom and did so to play a hectic game in which they managed to turn around a clash that seemed resolved in the first half. The initial 2-0 went to 2-2 in a demonstration of the character that characterized the team led by Francisco just a few months ago. Nico gave the victory to the azulgranas at the buzzer, but today that precedent is a warning to sailors in the culé dressing room. "It complicated us last season with the same coach," warns Xavi.

The Elche of this campaign, at the moment, is far from that team without complexes that did not wrinkle in the Camp Nou. Francisco's men have started the season with four defeats and a draw, and what is worse, they have barely scored two goals. The lack of aim, together with the defensive lapses and a particularly demanding calendar have meant that they have already received thrashings such as 3-0 against Betis, 4-0 against Villarreal or 1-4 against Athletic. The first objective this Saturday is to stop that bleeding and then, why not, give a scare upstairs like the ones they gave in the past.

Likely lineups

  • Barcelona:
    Ter Stegen, Bellerín, Eric García, Araujo, Balde, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Gavi, Dembélé, Lewandowski and Ansu Fati.

  • Elche:
    Edgar Badía, Lirola, Bigas, Verdú, Fernández, Collado, Mascarell, Gumbau, Quina, Pere Milla and Boyé.

  • Referee:
    Muñiz Ruiz (Galician Committee).

  • Hour:
    4:15 p.m.

  • Stadium:
    Camp Nou.

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