"You have the League Santander so close that you do not mind that this Saturday we move the cup a little bit, right? " The Huesca, bottom of the championship, on Thursday hung a tweet with this message and an illustration in which he saw a player of the Aragonese team taking a stick from which hangs a rope where the League trophy is tied. Below, a Barça footballer trying to reach it on a pineapple that form a kind of castellers.
Jokes aside, the Huesca plays almost everything and Barcelona already has the title very on track, although not terminated. Be that as it may, and bearing in mind that Barça comes from two key matches against Atlético and Manchester United and that on Tuesday receives the English in the Champions League, the truth is that the situation lent itself to important changes. And so it has been. From rotations, not holidays, to Alcoraz. That is the Blaugrana intention.
The same call offered by Ernesto Valverde is the most convincing evidence. Huesca did not travel Messi, or Busquets or Rakitic, who has four cards and yesterday did not exercise for fever, or Sergi Roberto, by an overload in the twin of the left leg. The punished Piqué and Suárez did not move either. The absence of Leo occurs after the impact he suffered from Smalling at Old Trafford. "It's okay. Yesterday (on Thursday I spoke with him) but the Manchester match was played. It's that he had a trailer over it, "argued Valverde. The coach justified the relief for this afternoon. "There will be changes because we come from a long trip and intense matches and on Tuesday we have another intense match. The calendar is very tight. "
The coach summons Riqui Puig, Wagué and Abel Ruiz and also Todibo, who has only played the Catalan Super Cup
A calendar that leaves a loophole for the dosage with the clash of El Alcoraz, the first Barça visit to this stadium in a league match. With eleven points ahead of Atlético and only seven days ahead, Barça believes that it is possible to bet on less frequent players. It will be a match for players like Dembélé, Umtiti or Malcom. The French winger must enjoy his first minutes after the muscular injury he suffered against Olympique Lyonnais. "Huesca's match is important for Dembélé, not because of Tuesday's match against United, but because of the game against Huesca itself," argued Valverde, who sees Umtiti wanting to contribute things to the team and believes that Malcom is helping a lot when he enters the field, either as a starter or substitute.
There may even be options for Boateng or Todibo, which has only appeared in the Supercopa de Catalunya. "He has been inactive for a long time but that is only fixed by playing," Valverde added about the defender. The youth of the affiliate Riqui Puig, Wagué and Abel Ruiz are also part of the list.
Although it is a meeting embedded between commitments of draft and although there are many headlines, the coach does not want his team to relax. "We are not champions yet, much less. We are missing ten points. We have to win three games and draw another. We need the points and it is a dangerous match, "said the coach. These accounts are real as long as the Barça pursuers add everything. Like Atlético, who will not be able to count on Costa.
Valverde did not slip the bulge when they asked him to punish the Atletico striker after his expulsion from the Camp Nou. "It's a considerable penalty. I thought there would be four but eight ... " For Huesca it is a historic day. For Barcelona, a transitional meeting between the great commitments he has played and those that await him. The substitutes have the opportunity to claim.