Barcelona leader and champions take their first real test since the resumption of La Liga football after stopping for more than three months due to the new coronavirus when they visit Seville at the top of the thirtieth stage.
Barcelona ushered in their return to defend their league leadership and keep the difference that separates them from their traditional rivals from Real Madrid, with an overwhelming victory over their host, Mallorca, by four clean goals, before beating their guest, Leganes, ranked last in the league by deepening his injuries with his own two goals, temporarily extending the difference to five points, pending the closing summit of the twenty-ninth stage between the Royal Club and it’s guest Valencia Thursday evening.
In turn, Sevilla hit hard in its first match when it won the “Gran Derby” against its neighbor Real Betis with a clean double, but could not beat its host Levante and fell into the trap of positive tie 1-1.
The match is of great importance for the two teams, as the Catalan club hopes to continue its path towards establishing its dominance in the League and winning the third titles in a row and fifth in the last six and 27 years in its history, while Seville aspires to reserve one of the last two cards that qualify for the Champions League next season.
And Seville wished to lift his knot at home against Barcelona in the last three seasons from the league, where he did not taste the victory (two losses and a draw), and his last victory over his guest dates back to the third of October 2015 when he settled the confrontation in his favor 2-1.
But the task will not be easy for Barcelona and its brilliant Argentine star Lionel Messi, who will be on a historic date on Friday if he shook the net of Seville to reach the barrier of 700 goals in his professional career.
Messi tops the League’s scorer list this season with 21 goals, the last of which was in Leganes’ goal on Tuesday when he raised his yield with his club to 629 goals in various competitions, in addition to 70 goals with the national team “La Albiceleste”.
Messi scored 26 goals in 33 games in various competitions this season, including seven goals with eight assists in the last eight games.
Also, the empty stands due to the protocol followed after the resumption of the league as a result of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, deprive all clubs of massive public support, which was confirmed Tuesday after the victory over Leganes, Barcelona coach Kiki Citin, who will remember his encounters Seville days as coach of the rivals Real Betis.