A victory against Celta would extend the distance with Sevilla to seven points at the expense of what the people of Seville do against Mallorca
Barcelona has today at the Camp Nou a golden opportunity to secure the pending goal that remains this season, second place. The team led by Xavi receives a Celta de Vigo already saved with the idea in mind of achieving three points that will allow them to extend the distance they have with Sevilla to seven at the expense of what the people from Seville do tomorrow against Mallorca.
«I want to be second and we depend on us. It's a good test against a very good team, with an offensive soul and that also has the goal accomplished, so it comes without pressure. We have to get the three points and we have to improve our game and feelings”, Xavi said yesterday, at the press conference prior to his team's match against Celta. The Tarrasa coach is not satisfied with the ticket for the Champions League, he knows the demands of the club he is in and what is at stake. The second place also carries the passport for the Spanish Super Cup, another reason not to give up in the final stretch.
In order to take that important step for second place, Xavi will have to deal with Sergiño Dest, Sergi Roberto, Nico, Pedri and Piqué being injured due to injury. Sergio Busquets, who saw the fifth yellow card against Betis at the Benito Villamarín, will not be able to be in either due to suspension. All these absences have forced Xavi to pull Jandro and Álvaro Sanz, players from the subsidiary, to complete a list in which the main novelty is the return of Ter Stegen after suffering an indisposition last weekend.
To alleviate these absences, Xavi will include new features in the eleven regarding the team that achieved an important 0-1 win against Betis at Villamarín. Ter Stegen could return, the place of Busquets would be occupied by Riqui Puig and in attack Aubameyang would start from the start with the aim of ending the streak of three consecutive games without seeing a goal. "The strikers go through streaks. His numbers are very good, 'Auba' gives us a lot”, assured Xavi regarding a possible starting role for the Gabonese against Celta.
The occasion for Barça is a daunting one and it is because in front of them will be a rival who arrives with his homework done, without goals and almost taking off his flip-flops to go on vacation. Celta is eleventh, ten points behind European positions and eleven from relegation, that is, in no man's land. The Vigueses come, yes, from one of their best games of the season last weekend against Alavés in Balaídos by winning 4-0 and will arrive at the Camp Nou with morale through the roof and willing to, why no, sign a victory in a great showcase. To achieve this victory, Coudet will also be able to count on all of his players except for the injured Hugo Mallo and Nolito, in addition to Santi Mina, separated by the Vigo club.
Good Celtic precedent
Celta will step on the Blaugrana fiefdom with the idea of repeating the great performance they signed a year ago. On May 16, 2021, Coudet's team stormed the Camp Nou in a match that ended Koeman's Barça with few League options left and prematurely dismissed Leo Messi from the stadium where he has scored the most goals. The Argentinian star played his last minutes in a 1-2 loss against Celta who came from behind and also knew how to stoically withstand the gale of a Barça that was already ruminating on its goodbye to the title.
Ter Stegen. Alves, Araujo, García, Alba, De Jong, Puig, Gavi, Dembélé, Torres and Depay.
Dituro, Vázquez, Aidoo, Araujo, Galán, Beltrán, Méndez, Suárez, Cervi, Galhardo and Aspas.
Miguel Ángel Ortiz Arias (Madrid Committee).
Time and TV:
9:30 p.m. Movistar LaLiga.