The Cornellà and the Barcelona they will face in the Round of 32 of the Copa del Rey this Thursday (9:00 p.m.) after leaving behind the uncertainty of the positives for coronavirus of the white-and-green team, which has already eliminated the Atlético de Madrid, and after the Catalans lost the final of the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Club.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman will not be able to count on Leo Messi by penalty, having been sent off in the final (he will serve a second penalty game against Elche) or with Sergiño Dest, who has muscle discomfort in his right thigh.
These last minute casualties are in addition to the long-term casualties of Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho and Gerard Piqué, who will also not be available for this one-game tie to be played on the artificial grass of the Nou Municipal de Cornellà.
The defeat in the final of the Spanish Super Cup, which had won it would have been Barcelona's first title in practically two years, adds more importance to the duel against Cornellà in Second Division B because, if they lost, the Barça team would say goodbye to two titles in just four days.
Still, after playing two overtime last week, Koeman will rest most of his headlines to debut in the KO tournament.
For their part, Cornellà faces with enthusiasm the challenge of striking the bell for the second time in this edition of the Copa del Rey after eliminating Atlético de Madrid in the second round and that the positives for coronavirus of its staff have finally been in two.
The alarm went off on Saturday when a member of the green and white team tested positive. Because of this the squad no longer trained that day and was in danger the league duel against Olot on Sunday, which was finally played and ended 2-2.
After the tests that the players of the squad have passed this week, there has been one more positive, according to the coach of the blanquiverde team at a press conference Guillermo Fernandez Romo. The identity of the two players has not been disclosed.
Despite the heroism of eliminating Atlético, Cornellà is not going through a good time, because chain six games without winning in group 3A of Second Division B and is eighth in the standings.
Cornellà, according to club sources informed EFE, asked the Generalitat that between 300 and 400 spectators could enter (The Nou Municipal has a capacity of 850 seated people) in the match against Barcelona, but the Catalan government did not give him permission to do so.
Cornellà: Ramón; Pablo Fernández, Carlos García, Borja García, Estellés, Rulo; Agus Medina, Pol Moreno, Dorca; Pablo Fernández and Eloy.
Barcelona: Net; Mingueza, Araújo, Umtiti, Júnior; Pjanic, Riqui Puig, Pedri; Dembélé, Konrad and Braithwaite.
Referee: Soto Grado (Riojan Committee)
Stadium: Municipal of Cornellà
Schedule: 21:00 hours.