Not on a big night, FC Barcelona made a narrow but oh so significant breakthrough on the lawn of Real Sociedad on Thursday (0-1). Thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Xavi’s players, now in second place, are not too far from validating their direct ticket to C1.
Untouchable, Real Madrid have been promised a La Liga title, which Karim Benzema’s teammate is not far from being able to formalize. But Barca continue their huge rise in the standings, behind Madrid’s lone rider.
Reclaimed ninth place by Xavi at the end of November, the Catalan club are now second in the championship since their 1-0 success on the lawns of Real Sociedad on Thursday evening. In Anoeta, during a meeting between the contenders for the four direct qualifying places in the Champions League, Xavi’s players bounced back to success in the best of times.
Xavi has to rethink his defense
Four days after Frankfurt finished in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals on the final day, beaten 1–0 by Cádiz, Barcelona reacted timidly to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s lone goal, which was served on a plate by Ferran. had gone. Torres (0-1, 11th). Former Arsenal’s 11th goal in 17 matches with a Barcelona shirt.
A narrow breakthrough for Barca, moved and saved several times by Marc-Andre ter Stegen (58th, 68th). Ousmane Dembele’s Catalan, who hit the post, lost people in the defence. Ronald Araujo (55th), Dani Alves (66th) and Gerard Pick (82nd) already joined a full hospital, while Jordi Alba, gritting his teeth to finish the match, fell clearly short.
Xavi will have to closely monitor the development of all these physical disturbances while Barcelona will have a late game at Camp Nou to have good talks against Rio Vallecano (9pm) on Sunday evening. With Betis now six points ahead of Sevilla (fifth), Barca have offered a chance to make it through in any case. And not too far from validating your direct ticket to C1.