Tomorrow afternoon, Barcelona will host Real Betis at the Camp Nou in their seventh LaLiga clash of the 2020/21 season. Currently, their opposition is ahead of them in the standings with 12 points to eight but with two games in hand as well.
The Catalans have enjoyed far from a perfect start to the campaign but it’s still very early and everything can be amended. There’s more good news for them as well since Nabil Fekir will officially miss the clash tomorrow as he wasn’t called up for the game.
Real Betis have already announced the squad that will travel to Catalonia and their main man’s name is missing from the list. This could be a huge relief for Barcelona since Fekir is one of the best players in their team.
Still, despite that being a huge disadvantage for the visitors, Real Betis have looked extremely confident this season under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini. The team is finally ticking and is stable in both attack and defence.
All of that could still cause trouble for a largely struggling Barcelona squad. However, with Fekir out, there’s one less danger to worry about for the Azulgranas.
Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash
This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.
But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.
He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.
However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.
Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.
After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.
Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.