The Blaugrana, on the other hand, have struggled a little in the Copa del Rey. Also on Wednesday they struggled to a very narrow victory in extra time (4-3) at third division CF Intercity Joan d’Alacant – and that despite stars like Busquets, Depay and Dembélé being on the field from the start. They also had their little problems last weekend. In the first game after the World Cup break, they did not get more than a draw against Espanyol Barcelona (1-1) despite the lead in the duel between the city rivals. And yet: Because arch-enemy Real lost feathers at FC Villareal yesterday (1: 2), Barca can today come to 41 points in the classification – and distance the Galactics on their three.
Let’s first look at the Colchoneros: They are currently only in fifth place and are already eleven points behind leaders Barcelona. Since the end of the World Cup, however, things have been going well for them. Not only did they survive the second round of the Copa del Rey (3-1 at CD Arenteiro O Caballino), they also won last Wednesday’s away game at second division club Real Oviedo in the round of 16 (2-0) and are now in the quarter-finals of the cup competition . In between there was a mandatory win in front of a home crowd against bottom FC Elche in the current league (2:0). Now, however, a much greater challenge awaits.
Hello and welcome to the 16th match day of the Primera División! With a win today, FC Barcelona can distance their pursuers and arch-rivals Real Madrid by three points. For this, a success at Atlético Madrid is needed. Kick-off is at 9:00 p.m.