FC Barcelona receives Valencia CF on Saturday at the Camp Nou, in the 22nd round of LaLiga Santander, after getting both in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey and confirm their states of grace to collation of their respective comebacks.[[Follow the match Barcelona-Valencia de LaLiga live]
Although Barcelona accumulate, after winning Girona FC (0-2) in the Catalan derby, a total of eight consecutive wins in LaLiga, Atlético de Madrid does not loosen and those of Ernesto Valverde must overcome the pitfall represented by the improved Valencia if they want to continue being an equally strong leader.
It is in good time the team culé, which also went around their crossing of the quarterfinals of the Cup against Sevilla FC with authority, with a 'set' at the Camp Nou (6-1) and that made forget the 2 -0 of the first leg at Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.
But before those semifinals coperas, with a match Barça-Madrid to the glory of every football fan, the pupils of Valverde will be measured against a Valencia that now yes you are seeing goal and achieving the good results so longed for.
The 'che' have won three of the last five league matches, chaining there the triumphs against Celta de Vigo (1-2) and Villarreal (3-0) with the victory over Getafe (3-1) in Mestalla, in Copa, with which they traced the 1-0 of the Coliseum.
Both Barça and Valencia arrive euphoric to this appointment with said comebacks, but we will have to see if the physical wear makes a dent. The next Classic on Wednesday but could make Valverde rotate something to his 'eleven' gala, also tired by the effort of 6-1.
Or not, and that is that LaLiga continues to be a priority. It is also for Valencia, for which achieving a victory at the Camp Nou would entail a definite increase in confidence and morale. It has been seeing the door with assiduity and improving the results, until reaching the seventh place in LaLiga.
Marcelino García Toral he has not yet won Barça in LaLiga, in a fortnight of matches, which also makes the coach want to get rid of that thorn. He will have to do it, however, without a fixed as José Luis Gayà, with some discomfort in the hamstrings of his right leg.
On the Blaugrana side, it seems that the newcomer Jean-Clair Todibo, a young French center who tries to learn from his teammates and help them while he soaks up his game, can not yet make his debut, anticipating his arrival scheduled for the summer by not having minutes of game in Toulouse.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Arturo Vidal, Arthur; Messi, Suárez and Boateng.
Valencia: Net; Piccini, Garay, Paulista, Lato; Soler, Coquelin, Parejo, Cheryshev; Mina and Rodrigo.
Referee: Undiano Mallenco (C. Navarro).
Stadium: Camp Nou.