Sports half First Iberdrola at stake

half First Iberdrola at stake


This is likely to be the most decisive match in the next four Atletico Madrid and Barça matches, and immediately the two teams will play semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup and the quarterfinals. of the Champions. But when they meet this Saturday at the Sports City Wanda in Alcalá de Henares (12 noon) they will solve the fate of the First Iberdrola. The nine points that Barça have today over the mattresses in the league make the final clash this weekend: a culé win would transform the goals of the Madrid players, who would prioritize the defense of the second place, threatened for a Levante in streak, ahead of the title, while a local victory would add excitement to a championship that is already half dyed Barça. “We want to show everyone that we are here,” says Angela Sosa from the red-and-white dressing room.

The superiority of Lluís Cortés’s team is evident both in the standings and on the pitch, but the coach makes every effort to remember outside the dressing room that the reality that separates Barça and Atlético does not correspond to the 6-1 first round round. The Barça squad endorsed the humility speech, saying “he doesn’t want the league to slip away” and acknowledges that on Saturday they have “a great opportunity to advance the target,” as Patri Guijarro acknowledged on Barça TV. The Balearic midfielder is aiming for a headline, most notably due to the late leave from Kheira Hamraoui, who will not be traveling to Madrid due to a twin injury.

Goals from Jenni and Oshoala

Nor will Hansen, who is still injured, travel. The ones that will be there are Jenni Hermoso and Asisat Oshoala, the highest goalscorers in Barça, with 18 and 14 goals respectively. Between the two they have scored the same goals as all Atletico Madrid: 32. This lack of aim is one of the reasons that explain the instability in the results of the mattresses this year and which have precipitated the removal of Pablo López and the arrival in extremis of the third coach of the year, Dani González. Atlético have already conceded four draws, notches they had last year. At that point in the championship, in fact, he had only lost the direct match with Barça and had twice as many goals (62). He finished the course with more goals (96) than Barça (94), and broke the inertia of recent years, in which Barca had always finished the League as the most scoring team. The lack of goal is explained by the loss of benchmarks in attack: in the summer went Jenni Hermoso (author of 24 goals last year) and Esther González (13). In addition, Olga García, who made 12, is almost unheard of and has not seen a goal. The most effective is Ángela Sosa, with 6 goals. Charlyn Corral, one of the offensive hopes, has only 6 goals and Toni Duggan of 3.

The Cup goes through Huelva

This Friday the draws of the eighth finals of the Queen’s Cup, which will be played in a single match between February 11 and 13, will take place and will travel Barca to Huelva to face Sporting. The field of the Andalusian set is one of the most uncomfortable in the category. On the other hand, Espanyol will receive home the Logroño. The other duels are: Athletic-Tenerife, Tacón-Rayo, Sevilla-Levante, Real Sociedad-Madrid, Dépor-Valencia and Betis-Atlético de Madrid.


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