Barça visit Athletic Bilbao this Sunday / AFP
The Athletic Club will face FC Barcelona this Sunday in San Mamés, Matchday 25 of La Liga Santander. Catalans continue to strengthen leadershipOr, though, they have a common problem these days: a lack of goals.
The ‘Lions’ have failed to win four games between La Liga and the Copa del Rey And in three of those duels he was unmarked. Blaugrana, on the other hand, remained virtually dry in his last four league, cup and Europa League matches and were eliminated.
Thus, in a duel that usually traverses “La Catedral”,both teams try to find that easy and light goal If the defense continues at a good level, as both sides have achieved, to qualify for victory must be offensively successful and as accurate as ever in the recent past. becomes important.
In this sense, the bulletins are contrasting between Athletic and Barça. The people of Bilbao will no longer be able to count on the Oijan Sunsetwere sent off the day before against Rayo Vallecano (0-0 in Vallecas), LaLiga’s top scorer with eight goals. And no matter who’s boot, having a target will be key to victory and get you back on the European train, who are currently four points behind.
on the contrary, At Barça everything points to the return of Robert Lewandowski, with whom he has scored 15 goals in this league.Great hopes for Barça, who beat Valencia by a narrow margin at the Camp Nou but just lost in Almeria.
Still, Xavi’s men are leading Real Madrid by nine points whether they play on Saturday and put pressure on the Catalan or not.
The Athletic Club will also miss former Barca coach Ernesto Valverde. Inigo Reque and goalkeeper Unai Simonleaving Julen Agirrezabala his place between the three poles.
In addition, at San Mamés, director Xavi Hernández You can’t expect a more than reliable backlock like Uruguayan central defender Ronald Araujo.was suspended after being sent off by Valencia CF in their final day win (1-0) at the Spotify Camp Nou.
However, with the return of Barça’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski, It’s a potion that Xavi prepares to find the goal again. For now, the Polish forward has been training normally on Friday after doing some of the week’s group work, working out a strain on the biceps femoris in his left leg that he sustained in the unexpected defeat against Almería. I leave
Lewandowski was one of four players to score in the first round at the Camp Nou in a 4-0 win. The other goal came from the now injured Dembele. Missing a penalty against Valencia didn’t help change this dynamic.and Sergi Roberto who can play in midfield.