The FC Barcelona receive this sunday at Lift UD at the Camp Nou on the 22nd day of LaLiga Santander, a duel in which the culés must win to continue fighting with Real Madrid and in which they seek to forget the 7 minutes of hell of defeat in the Ciutat de València.
The first lap left a 3-1 for Levante UD, one of the four teams that have been able to win, so far, Barça in this League in which he defends title. A victory ‘granota’ built in 7 fateful minutes, between 61 and 68, for the Blaugranas.
That game was one of the signs of decline of this club that no longer dominates as it did before a League in which it no longer has the baton or the leadership. In addition, Real Madrid’s victory in the derby against Atlético de Madrid (1-0) moves the whites away to 6 points.
With the arrival of Quique Setién, the team seeks to have a football boost from which glimpses have been seen, but nothing that suggests that the team’s course will turn until yes or yes comes to fruition.
While it is true that the ‘handyman’ collects against Leganes (5-0) gave courage to the parish culé, the ‘Lega’ was planted in the Camp Nou with a fairly substitute team and thinking about his great fight; The league. But if Barça, against Levante, can have the ball and move it judiciously thinking about the rival area, it will have already taken a first step.
With the doubt of Ousmane Dembélé, who already trains with the group but does not have the medical discharge, and the discharge of Luis Suárez, Quique Setién could bet again on Antoine Griezmann as ‘9’ and Ansu Fati, after the departure of Carles Pérez in this winter market.
El Levante, who knows that his great weapons are to arm himself back and run against him, has already struck the bell at his home and does not rule out repeating the feat in Barcelona, although he arrives at the Camp Nou with three consecutive defeats.
The Levante is not well, which with its 26 points is still far from the descent but has lost, in these last days, the gap in the upper-middle area of the table that made him flirt with buying a ticket on the European train.
Those of Paco López, who have not reinforced their workforce in the winter market, can find in Barcelona that incentive that leads them to believe in them again, although they have 14 visits to Barça in the League and everything has been defeated.
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Arthur, De Jong; Messi, Griezmann and Ansu Fati.
Lift UD: Aitor Fernández; Miramón, Duarte, Vezo, Postigo, Toño; Campaign, Vukcevik, Melero; Mayoral and Roger.
Referee: Lamb Vega (C. Cantabrian).
Stadium: Camp Nou.