He Celta de Vigo by Óscar García will be the first great challenge for the new Ronald Koeman’s Barça in The league, an opportunity to check the status of the Barça team after the 4-0 debut against the Villarreal and the great staging of Ansu Fati.
But not only that. It will be the first opportunity to check if Barça’s weakness away from home shown in the past has been left behind with the arrival of Koeman and the change of system.
It will also occur in a hostile terrain for the Catalans. They have not won in Vigo since April 2015 and last year, for example, they said goodbye to LaLiga with a draw (2-2).
It does not seem that Koeman is going to touch either the system or the players for Thursday’s game. He knows that he needs to consolidate both facets and Balaidos is not the right place, right in the second game of the three that the Catalans have to face in a week.
With the 4-2-3-1 drawn by the Dutchman, a scheme used by the ‘oranje’ team in recent times, a few players feel more comfortable, but above all the team is more cohesive, the lines are closer together and they do not suffer as much.
In the first game against Villarreal, the quality of the midfielders was seen as, especially Ansu Fati and de Coutinho, was decisive, and only Antoine Griezmann grated into Ronald Koeman’s gear.
The double pivot (Busquets-De Jong) allowed recoveries and creation and when Pjanic entered for Busquets he added a plus in pressure.
Behind, Alba was one of the best in the offensive projection; and the central pair (Piqué-Lenglet) was one of the highlights. It does not seem that the coach is going to make any changes, not even the entry of the Portuguese Trincao for Griezmann, for not pointing out the first of change to anyone.
Ronald Koeman’s new Barça will be a huge challenge for Celta de Vigo, who come to the game undefeated, supported by great defensive strength and with the forward Iago Aspas claiming his return to the national team based on goals.
The exciting start of the Catalans, after overwhelming Villarreal (4-0) in their league debut, will be examined this Thursday in Balaídos, where last season he said goodbye to LaLiga after drawing at two goals, extending a black stage in Vigo that began with a win (4-1) at the end of September 2015.
Since then, Barça has not known what it is to win at the Vigo stadium, where last year the divorce between Leo was consummated Messi, after the Argentine refused to listen to the indications of Eder Sarabia during a hydration break.
Added to this disagreement is the fact that the Barça captain has had five unmarked visits to Vigo. Messi celebrated his last goal at the celestial stadium in March 2013, his worst away streak.
They are enough arguments for Barça to be suspicious of the team led by Óscar García Junyent, who, as usual, did not give clues about the starting team, to which the Turkish could return Okay Yokuslu pTo give the midfield more muscle.
The other novelty may be the entry of the young Miguel Baeza by Emre Mor, since it seems unlikely that the Catalan will withdraw the former Barça players Denis Suárez and Nolito from the eleven, despite the fact that both were substituted in Valladolid.
Celta de Vigo: Iván Villar; Hugo Mallo, Aidoo, Murillo, Olaza; Tapia, Okay; Denis Suárez, Baeza, Nolito; Iago Aspas.
FC Barcelona: Net; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Coutinho, Griezmann, Ansu Fati; and Messi.
Referee: Del Cerro Grande (Madrid committee)
Time: 9.30 p.m.