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After the international break in the Spanish LaLiga, it’s all happening in quick succession. With Sunday’s lucky 3-2 home win against Huesca (including the debut of goalkeeper Luca Zidane at the Royal Cup) completed, the 30th matchday of the current season is scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday. The designated champion from Barcelona will perform in the tranquil Villarreal!
The yellow submarine, which is experiencing a horror season, is still in the middle of relegation battle. No less than 40 points separate the two teams before the direct duel on Tuesday evening at the Estadio de la Ceramica. Villarreal has often been beaten down this season. The quality of the Europa League quarter-finalists is far greater than the table situation suggests. The game starts on Tuesday at 20:30.
Before the international break the yellow submarine seemed to succeed in the turnaround. The Calleja-Elf celebrated four victories in a row across all competitions, thus fixing the place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League and was able to gain a cushion in the relegation battle. This short run of success was abruptly stopped last Saturday. Villarreal had a horror evening against the Galactos of Celta Vigo. In a duel against ex-coach Fran Escriba made a great start, which was crowned by an early 2-0 lead (after only 15 minutes). As the game progressed, the Calleja team was kept on the defensive. At first goalkeeper Asenjo was able to prevent the goal, but in the second game, the game finally tilted in favor of the Galicians. Iago Aspas and Maximiliano Gomez resembled the Table 18. from and in the closing stages Iago Aspas made from the penalty spot for the 3-2 victory of Celta Vigo. An extremely bitter defeat in this six-point game. Instead of seven points ahead of Villarreal’s first relegation spot, Villarreal now only has one more lead. Thus, the big trembling will start again.
For the morale of the game against the sky blue was an absolute disaster. After this hitting the neck, FC Barcelona is not necessarily a grateful opponent. Against the Catalans a top performance will be needed to collect at least one point in the fight for the league whereabouts. Given the weak home record between Villarreal and Barcelona a forecast on the sensation victory is almost unimaginable. Only three out of 15 home games have been won this season. In addition, Villarreal continue to plague major injury concerns. Manu Trigueros, the last much agile Gerardo Moreno, Miguelon and Jaume Costa join the long-term failure of captain and club icon Bruno Soriano. After all, the Argentine international Ramiro Funes Mori returns to the squad after the yellow card has been over. Youngster Xavi Quintilla (who was promoted to Celta Vigo by the B-team) will probably have to get back into second place.
Before the city duel in Barcelona Barca defensive boss Gerard Pique still showed that he has more money than Espanyol has budget at all. There was not much difference on the course over long distances. The underdog did not play, but understood how to make the rooms tight. However, there is still a Lionel Messi, who could break the spell with a chipped free kick from 18 meters. His 40th goal of the season, which he considers the Madrid-based Marca as the only medium as an own goal, brought the Catalans on the road to victory. In the final phase Messi was able to fix after Malcom preparatory work the 2-0 final score. Thus, “the little flea” has already scored 41 competitive matches this season – for the tenth time in a row he scored over 40 goals this season – a milestone in Spain! The Derby victory was also his 334th victory in the Spanish LaLiga, so he is equal to Iker Casillas and could surpass him on Tuesday in the Estadio de la Ceramica.
The many records set by Messi over the last few years are the result of many years of fighting with Cristiano Ronaldo. Finally, Messi even emphasized that he lacks the Portuguese. The highly sterilized games were always a great incentive. In this season Barcelona plays in the domestic championship again almost unrivaled. Ten points ahead of Atletico Madrid are a comfortable cushion, title win number 26 is already ready to pick up. In the last 16 league games the Valverde-Elf collected 44 out of 48 possible points! Meanwhile, the defensive has stabilized again and goalkeeper Marc Andre ter-Stegen had in recent weeks rarely reach behind.
Due to the upcoming tasks Ernesto Valverde will probably rotate a bit at Villarreal. Next Saturday’s Rojiblancos will be at Camp Nou and on Wednesday the duel at Manchester United’s Old Trafford will take place. Two difficult tasks; therefore, it is easy to imagine that players like Carles Alena, Samuel Umtiti or Arturo Vidal – who all recently managed to gather only a few minutes of use – will play this time from the start.
Villarreal vs Barcelona head to head matches
02.12.18 LL Barcelona Villarreal 2 : 0
09.05.18 LL Barcelona Villarreal 5 : 1
10.12.17 LL Villarreal Barcelona 0 : 2
06.05.17 LL Barcelona Villarreal 4 : 1
08.01.17 LL Villarreal Barcelona 1 : 1