?Barcelona will be looking to get back on track when they take on Celta Vigo in La Liga after what has been a torrid week for Ernesto Valverde and his side.
First, they were stunned by three goals in seven second-half minutes as Levante condemned the Catalans to a 3-1 defeat, and on Tuesday they were ordinary in their stalemate against Slavia Praha at Camp Nou.
Despite their indifferent start to the campaign, Barca currently sit on top of La Liga – albeit by goal difference – and are also top of the ‘Group of Death’ in the Champions League
OFFICIAL ? Fran Escribá will not continue to be the RC Celta coach. The club thanks him and his assistants for their effort and professionalism. pic.twitter.com/FzrlqjCehN
— RC Celta (@RCCeltaEN) November 3, 2019
Saturday’s opponents, Celta Vigo, come into this one is dismal form.
Since the start of 2014/15, Barcelona have suffered four defeats in La Liga against Celta Vigo, at least twice as many than against any other side in that period (P10 W4 D2L4).
While it’s not Anfield, Camp Nou has proven to be quite the home for Barcelona in recent times.
Barca have scored at least once in each of their last 32 La Liga
Yes, it’s been pretty bad for Celta fans so far this season.
They’ve earned just nine points from the first 12 matches in La Liga this season, their worst total at this stage since 1985/86 (seven points, assuming three per win).
Their horrendous run of form has seen them
Time to Feast
It’s fair to say that Antoine Griezmann hasn’t exactly found it easy since arriving in Catalonia – largely being deployed on the left-wing by Valverde.
However, the Frenchman seems to love playing against Saturday’s opponents.
You can’t be enlightening your mates without including one of the best to play the game, if not the best.
While his record against any team he comes up against regularly would be incredible, Lionel Messi
For Celta, Liverpool
Aspas has been directly involved in eight goals in nine appearances against Barcelona
Relieving Some Pressure?
Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde has lost just one of his 17 managerial La Liga games against Celta Vigo (W11 D5 L1), though this defeat came in his last meeting (2-0 at Balaidos in May 2019).
Even if Barca win comfortably on Saturday, you feel that Valverde will have to do a lot more after the international break to see the pressure lifted off his shoulders. A win against Dortmund
Saturday’s defeat to Getafe proved to be the final straw for Escriba as the club sacked him the following day.
However, the last nine managers to make their managerial La Liga debut against Barcelona lost the game – the last manager to win such a match was Josip Skoblar with Real Valladolid in September 1989 (2-0).