Later on tonight, Barcelona will face Real Sociedad in the semifinal of the Spanish Supercup. As much as it may be tough to hear, this competition could be the Catalans’ only chance of silverware this season so the team is ready.
SPORT even state that Barcelona are hungry for titles, having missed out on trophies in 2019/20. For that reason, we may very well see Ronald Koeman use his gala XI tonight.
Lionel Messi, of course, is the biggest star of the competition, just like almost any other, and will be gunning for more goals. Currently, the Argentine sits on 14 but will certainly look to add to this tally.
In other news, Joan Laporta reportedly pushes for the election not to be postponed and wants a meeting with the temporary board to discuss the matter.
Mundo Deportivo are focusing on transfer news, seeing how we’re already deep into the January window.
According to their exclusive information, everything is ready for Eric García to be Barcelona’s first new signing this winter. The Catalans could bring the young centre-back to the club for a fixed price of five million euros.
The player, at Koeman’s request, has already agreed to re-join the squad and all that remains now is the approval of the presidential candidates.
Koeman talks de Jong, Puig, and the comeback following win vs Rayo Vallecano
Barcelona’s mentality has been questioned an awful lot since the loss against AS Roma, where the team fell to defeat against a team that was more mentally prepared. Throughout the course of the season, their inability to come from behind and win games has come to the pedestal, but not yesterday. After Rayo Vallecano took the lead in the 63rd minute to give Barça scares, the Blaugranas did not stop, coming from behind to win 2-1, cruising through to the Copa del Rey Quarter-Finals.
Naturally, Ronald Koeman was very impressed with his team, and praised the men highly in his post-game press conference.
On the outcome: “I think we played well. We played our game despite the fact that the opponent did played well and put pressure on us. After they scored we came back with quality, and we were able to score more goals. We have qualified and that is the most important thing.”
On finally going back to the Camp Nou at the weekend: “It has been a very tough month with many away games. We have to try to continue like this, going game by game.”
On de Jong’s bizarre scoring form: “De Jong is playing in a more offensive position, and we need him. He is able to flood the box and score.”
On comparing this FdJ to Ajax’s: “The version we are seeing of De Jong’s is more complete than the one we saw at Ajax.”
On the comeback: “I’m very happy with the mentality that the team has shown. We will fight for everything, it’s a great mentality.”
On Puig and the substitution: “Puig did well, especially when playing through the lines. We made substitutions to freshen things up.”