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FC Barcelona has something to do on Saturday afternoon, when it gets visite from Valencia in its own Camp Nou. Can the Catalans play away from the debacle of last Tuesday evening? Or do the visitors smell blood now?
There you are, as FC Barcelona being. Then you are literally unbeatable all season in La Liga and the Champions League, but then a terrible evening in Rome throws a spanner in the works. In the quarter finals of the Champions League, the Catalans found their Waterloo against AS Roma, as after the 3-0 defeat in Rome, the 4-1 home win of a week earlier turned out to be worth nothing. FC Barcelona can thus forget the treble this season, although not everyone is sorry about it.
So there is nothing left for FC Barcelona to pick up shards after this sledgehammer, which of course nobody saw. Many see Lionel Messi as the main culprit for the Roman debacle, but that is of course foolish. The Argentinian did not have his day in Rome and suffered a lot of ball loss, but it is also mainly thanks to Messi that the Blaugrana were so fantastic until Tuesday night. Others reacted to trainer Ernesto Valverde, who would have let his team play in the Stadio Olimpico. The tiki-taka era has already passed for a while, but no one complained as long as it was won. Then I think it is very easy to point to the coach now. All in all, I think that the Roman echec may be called an incident. In 999 of the 1,000 cases, FC Barcelona had just joined the last four of the European champions ball, but just this one time it went wrong. Despite the fact that the Catalans will probably win with the national double, that is a big blot on the season.
I wonder what the Valencian players have been feeling for the tube on Tuesday night. On the one hand, it is nice to know that Messi and associates are simply of flesh and blood and therefore not unbeatable. On the other hand, you know that you have to be careful if you make a team like FC Barcelona angry. Does Valencia pay the bill for the fiasco in Rome on Saturday afternoon?
Valencia certainly does not have to travel with kneeling knees to the Camp Nou, because the team of coach Marcelino is doing well this season. Los Che booked their twentieth victory of the season last week at the expense of Espanyol (1-0 win), taking third place from Real Madrid. Champions League football can not escape the team anyway, because the lead at number five Real Betis is no less than sixteen points. The last nine rounds of play resulted in eight wins and a draw, with Rodrigo Moreno as the main seasoning. The attacker initially started in the Mestalla as a reserve for the season, but can no longer be ignored from the base of Marcelino. Rodrigo made the net in his last five matches and is a major candidate to lead the Spanish offense at the World Cup this summer.
Barcelona vs Valencia head to head matches
08.02.18 CDR Valencia Barcelona 0 : 2
01.02.18 CDR Barcelona Valencia 1 : 0
26.11.17 LL Valencia Barcelona 1 : 1
19.03.17 LL Barcelona Valencia 4 : 2
22.10.16 LL Valencia Barcelona 2 : 3