After falling in the final of the Super Cup and beating Cornellà in the Cup, Barcelona faces its seventh consecutive game away from home, this time against Elche. “It is normal that we are tired,” said Ronald Koeman, Barcelona coach, referring to the three consecutive duels that have been added with extra time. The rival, however, is not going through a good time either; It turns out that Jorge Almirón’s team has not achieved a single league win since October 23, then against Valencia. Negative streak that has led him to the quagmire of the table, now the third to last.
It is not that Barcelona is there for too many celebrations, and ten points below an Atlético that has one less duel. He fails his aim in the shot (also on penalties, having missed 7 of 17) and although Koeman praises the players for their attitude, he wants more. “They are Barça footballers and you have to demand them,” he resolved before the match at Martínez Valero.
Dest, Alba and De Jong return to the list, while Messi will complete his suspension after being sent off in the Super Cup final in this match.