FC Barcelona have announced the squad list that will take on Real Betis in gameweek 9 of the 2020/21 La Liga season. The Blaugranas will hope to get back to winning ways in the league with a victory at Camp Nou.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who returned to action with the mid-week clash against Dynamo Kyiv, has been undoubtedly named in the team as well. Fan favourites, Carles Aleña and Riqui Puig, too, have been listed and will hope to get their opportunity against the Seville outfit.
Clement Lenglet felt some discomfort in his thigh prior to the game against Kyiv and was rested for the encounter, eventually brought in to play the last 15 minutes of the game. Keeping that in mind, Barcelona B centre-back Oscar Mingueza has been named in the list.
On the contrary, Ronald Araujo (knee) and Philippe Coutinho (hamstring) still miss out due to injury. The pair is expected to come back after the International Break. Inaki Peña has been replaced by Arnau Tenes in the 23-man squad.
The full squad: Ter Stegen, Neto, Arnau Tenas; Dest, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Minguez, Alba, Firpo; Busquets, de Jong, Aleña, Pedri, Pjanic, Puig; Griezmann, Messi, Trincão, Dembele, Fati, Braithwaite, Konrad
Even though the Catalans enjoyed a victory against Kyiv, it was an uncomfortable one to say the least. Barcelona must bounce back with a convincing display against Real Betis — one that reflects the scoreline as well as the performance.
Betis, too, have been rather inconsistent in the league, winning four games and losing four of the eight they have played. Manuel Pellegrini’s men have conceded five goals in four away games thus far, and have been saved by their defence on multiple occasions. Koeman must ensure that the Garnet and the Blue pin their backline while exploiting the necessary gaps left by the attacking fullbacks.
La Liga chief Javier Tebas talks summer transfers and fan return to stadiums
In a conference held by ADEA Forum (Association of managers and executives of Aragon) in Zaragoza, Javier Tebas spoke on a wide range of topics surrounding La Liga.
Mostly, the La Liga president spoke regarding the league’s bounce back from the pandemic and some potential plans for the league to restore public crowds. He also discussed the losses incurred, the summer transfers, among other things.
The Condition of La Liga
Tebas started the conference by claiming that the situation for the Spanish league is comparatively better than other leagues.
Speaking on this, he said, “The situation is worrying, but not so much. I think that of this pandemic the Spanish League is the one that is going to turn out less badly compared to the others.”
He then spoke about the losses incurred in Spanish football, with the net loss amounting to €1 billion by the 30th of September.
On the losses, Tebas said, “Of this billion, 750 have been financed by banks or investment funds, the latter the majority based in London, and the rest have been done by the clubs pulling their cash.”
Additionally, he mentioned that it was big clubs that were affected stronger than the smaller clubs, due to the huge loss of income from the lack of crowds, among other profitable economic activities that clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona enjoy above others.
A return for crowds to stadiums
When speaking on a return of crowds to stadiums, the La Liga chief seemed tremendously confident in their ability to host crowds as early as tomorrow. He claimed that they would have to run at between 20% to 30% capacity; nonetheless, the Spaniard was confident that teams would be more than capable of hosting crowds very soon.
Speaking on the same, he said, “There is a working group for the return [of fans] to the stadiums. I hope that in the last league games we can see the public in a proportional amount.”
Upcoming transfer window
Speaking on the summer transfer window, the president claimed that there will indeed be a lower amount of transfers as there were in the previous window. Tebas said, “They have already been lower in winter. There may be occasional and exceptional operations, but globally it will decrease. There will be exchanges of players. It’s going to be lower than last year.”
Accordingly, clubs are going to have to dig into their academy reserves more and more as the global and financial situations amend over time.