Liga: A fateful test for Barcelona to stop the points bleeding against Atletico

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Barcelona is taking a critical test in its endeavor to stop the bleeding of points when it hosts Atletico Madrid on Tuesday at the opening of the thirty-third stage of the Spanish Football League.

The Catalan club lost four points since the resumption of competitions, which were suspended for more than three months due to the new Coronavirus, and found itself in second place, two points behind its traditional rivals Real Madrid after it was ahead of the latter by the same difference.

Barcelona understands that wasting any point in facing tomorrow will significantly weaken its chances of defending its title for the third year in a row, especially as the Royal Club is playing a relatively easy test against Getafe VI, whose results fell after the resumption of competitions, where he won four points in five games that he did not taste The taste of victory.

Barcelona suffers from this season, after coach Ernesto Valverde sacked earlier this year, his successor, Kiki Citin, did not improve his results significantly, which put him under a wave of criticism, most recently from the team’s stars, most notably Uruguayan Luis Suarez, who has a disappointing double draw with Celta Vigo (2- 2) In the last stage.

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“The coaches have to analyze these situations. We have the impression of losing important points away from our rules and we were not used to losing them in the previous seasons,” Suarez said when responding to a question about the suffering of the Catalan club outside the bases (two draws with Seville 0-0 and Celta Vigo).

For his part, Sitièn said, “Before 11 stages, we were two points ahead. Today we are two points behind. We will have a small margin of error. We must say to ourselves that we must win all the remaining games because your opponent can also win all of the remaining matches.”

In his press conference Monday, the coach stressed his good relationship with the players, although he acknowledged that there are sometimes differences of views.

“There are always controversial points, as in life, because we all have our own way of seeing things and thinking (…) But this is normal. I was not a player that is easy to deal with either. You have your own vision and the important thing is to persuade everyone to defend an issue Shared. ”

“When you don’t win, when there is a moment when you lose the focus of such a free kick (from which Celta Vigo scored in the 88th minute via Iago Aspas), everyone will have his opinion. We are more concerned with the general aspects. The relationship with the players is good. There are moments.” Specific there may be differences of opinion, but I do not see any problem worth mentioning, far from it. ”

Barcelona will be required to avoid losing points, this time at home to Atletico Madrid, who recovered after a disappointing tie against Athletic Bilbao and scored four consecutive victories, which grabbed third place from Seville.

Atletico will try to exploit the shaky morale of the Catalan club players to continue their successive victories and secure their participation in the Champions League competition next season, which was confirmed by his Argentine coach Diego Simeone by saying, “We have never won at the Camp Nou in La Liga and therefore we will try to take this opportunity.”

Real, for his part, appears to be a strong candidate to continue his victories when he hosts sixth Getafe on Thursday at the end of the stage.

Real Madrid has hit hard since the resumption of competitions and achieved the full mark in five stages, which allowed him to take the lead from his arch-rivals Barcelona.

On Sunday, Real Madrid added their hosts Espanyol to the list of its victims since the resumption of competitions by beating him with a goal for the Brazilian international midfielder Casimiro, after a charming pass by French striker Karim Benzema.

“The victory is the most important, it is three additional points. What we are going to do is not easy, so I want to thank the players for the effort they put into each match,” said his French coach, Zinedine Zidane.

“We have not yet won the title, it will be decided in the last stage. Look how difficult it is to face the last-place player, in this league you never know anything. I remember the last title we achieved, it was in the last stage.”

“The start of the match was a little difficult, we did not have the impression that we are facing the last place holder, but this is the aesthetic of the League.”

Zidane again praised his compatriot Benzema, “He is a genius, I think of the fine style he made to pass the ball to Casemiro, I think of all the people who love watching the beautiful play, like me, like you, like all the round lovers who hope to see these touches. The most beautiful Also, he is watching that his colleague Casemiro knows that Karim can make such touches. ”

Tuesday also play Mallorca with Celta Vigo and Leganes with Seville.

The stage will be completed on Wednesday by Alaves meetings with Granada, Valencia with Athletic Bilbao, Real Betis with Villareal, and Valladolid with Levante, on Thursday that Ibar will also play with Osasuna, Real Sociedad with Espanyol and Real Madrid with Getafe.

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