Celta, the last rival that closes a year at the summit


The Champions League is the main outstanding work for Barça in recent seasons. As in the Lega, the Blaugrana send their iron hand and, for the last ten editions, they won seven, three years in Europe three years ago that the team falls in the quarterfinals. Although in the Champions League Ernesto Valverde has suffered in Rome one of the toughest European defeats of Barça in recent years, in the League the Basque coach has been able to collect the heritage of his predecessors with solvency. With Txingurri, Barça started in 2018 as a leader and will also finish at the top of the table. The match this Saturday (6:30 pm, beIN LaLiga) at the Camp Nou will delimit whether it will do so as a leader alone or if, on the other hand, will have to share the first place with Sevilla and Atlético de Madrid, depending on What to build Andalusians and mattresses in their commitments against Leganés and Espanyol, respectively.

"We want to celebrate the Christmas holidays and we will be happy if we win Celta and keep the lead at the top of the table," said Ernesto Valverde yesterday at the press conference before the match. The Barça coach insisted on the incentive to remain a leader as one of the main attractions of the game, as well as the potential of the Galician team: "Last season we faced four games [dos a la Lliga i dos a la Copa del Rei] and we could only win them once. It is true that it is a team that has changed coach, but has very dangerous players like Iago Aspas and Maxi Gómez ".

Aspas-Gómez, the main danger

In fact, in the last season's league match at Camp Nou, where the Blaugranes and Celtians drew 2-2, the two protagonists of the whole Vigo scored. With 28, Celta is the third team that scored more goals in the national championship, surpassed only by Barça (46) and Real Madrid (29). Of these 28 goals, Aspas has scored 10, becoming the team's top scorer, while Gómez has made 8, a number that has allowed clubs like the Atlético de Madrid to be "They have established themselves in the advanced Uruguayan.

The pair of Celtic strikers shine again after an irregular seasonal start of the Galician side and this ends with the misery of the Argentine coach Antonio the Turk Mohamed. His reluctance, Portuguese Miguel Cardoso, who for a month that directs the team, has at the moment obtained more good results than a good football. From the Argentinian to the Portuguese, Celta won in the two league games (Villarreal and Huesca), tied one (Leganés) and lost one (Real Sociedad). "At Camp Nou we have to go to the limit," explained Cardoso in the previous one, aware of the difficulty of defeating Barça in Barça territory.

Although in the four clashes between the two teams last season, Valverde could only win the return of the last round of the Cup at the Nou Camp (5-0), the Basque coach never lost a Lega match against Celta with the first teams he has coached: Athletic Club, Espanyol, Valencia and Barça. In the last 15 years Valverde has defeated up to seven technicians of the Galician team. Today you want to continue to expand the statistics.

Semedo, recovered

To face Celta, Valverde recovers Nélson Semedo and can return to his usual pattern of the season (4-3-3) after playing in the last game with three power stations against Levante. With the return of the Portuguese and the Christmas break at the horizon, the coaches of Barça should come out with the eleventh gala, with the players who have available and still without the central Jeison Murillo, who can play from January.

The main doubts about the team that will align the Basque coach are if they start Arthur or Arturo Vidal in the left position, and who will accompany Luis Suárez and Leo Messi in the lead: Ousmane Dembélé or Philippe Coutinho. "Both give us many things and they always ask me why they do not play," Valverde said yesterday, who did not want to give any clues.

Murillo and the accident that Valverde does not want to allow

Although Ernesto Valverde did not want to admit yesterday at a press conference, the signing of Jaison Murillo is a request to strengthen the central position. The uncertainty surrounding Samuel Humititi's time may be low, because he refuses to operate and continues to do conservative treatment, and the ease with which Thomas Vermaelen is injured has prompted the technician to ask a power plant to " know the Spanish League or European football "and that it has been adapted to the club's economic needs: Murillo has arrived handed over. The alternative to the signature was to rely on one of the centers of the team, but Valverde considers it risky: "We can not afford the accident of having to play a game of First with two subsidiary centers, playing in the second B." The coach has defended that the B players continue "every day" and that "they will already find their space in the first team", but that they should concentrate on "doing well with the branch, where they have room to grow". "It's a good idea to do demagogy with the contribution of B players," concluded the Blaugrana trainer.


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