Barcelona have announced the squad that will take on Real Valladolid on matchday 15 of the La Liga. The team will hope to get back to winning ways after rescuing no more than a point against Valencia at Camp Nou on the weekend.
Among notable takeaways is the absence of Ousmane Dembele, who was expected to be fit for this encounter. However, as Ronald Koeman mentioned in his pre-game press conference, this game turned out to be too early for the Frenchman, and he will be back for the Blaugranas for the game against Eibar.
Konrad de la Fuente was part of the team list for three games running, but will not travel with the team for this game. Additionally, Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati, and Sergi Roberto are still out from injuries.
Riqui Puig and Carles Aleña make the list, but predicting the game-time they will receive is nearly impossible. While the latter might get a handful of minutes, the former is expected to see the game out yet again as Ronald Koeman sticks to his rigid, egoistic ways.
The full list: Ter Stegen, Neto, Arnau Tenas; Dest, Mingueza, Araujo, Lenglet, Umtiti, Alba, Firpo; Busquets, Matheus, de Jong, Pjanic, Alena, Puig, Pedri, Coutinho; Trincao, Messi, Griezmann, Braithwaite
Absentees: Pique, Fati, Roberto, Dembele
Real Valladolid sit 18th in the table, in the relegation zone, and only three points adrift of rock bottom. That said, they are a competent attacking unit, and have scored more goals than eight teams in the league. Barcelona must find a way to contain them because an early goal would almost definitely result in disaster, especially if the Valladolid outfit form a low-block.
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.