Today’s papers are finally back focusing on football in Catalonia. And as it seems, Ronald Koeman is set to rotate his squad for the clash against Getafe. But before that happens, we’ve still got some international games to go through.
Speaking of national team duties, Mundo Deportivo remind us that Cristiano Ronaldo has indeed tested positive for the coronavirus. His appearance in the Champions League against Barcelona this month is therefore in question.
The Portuguese has contracted the virus somewhere back in his home country but the rest of the squad seem fine for now. Apart from that, they also report on Spain’s 1-0 defeat to Ukraine.
SPORT, on the other hand, believe Koeman will rotate the team for the clash against Getafe. Their title ‘Rotations in sight‘ seems to suggest it.
The players likely to feature from the very start are Francisco Trincão, Miralem Pjanić and Sergiño Dest. Of course, this is prompted by the fact that Barça have to play four games across 11 days, including El Clásico and a Champions League bout with Juventus.
Needless to say, it will be tough and everyone will have to participate. That means the players from the bench could make the difference.
Let’s wait and see if they do.
Barcelona presidential candidate takes a jab at Madrid president, calls him VARentino Perez
The presidential elections are edging ever closer and the people are already picking their favourites. However, this battle has very much become a two-horse race and even calling it that is putting it quite mildly as well. Joan Laporta is, to many, the frontrunner for the position while Victor Font and Antoni Freixa are lagging far behind.
This is especially true for the latter who seems to stand no chance against two big names in the business. But Freixa is still trying and campaigning as well. One of his latest moves was actually taking a dig at both Real Madrid and his direct rivals.
Following in Laporta’s footsteps of mocking the Madridistas, according to AS‘ report, Freixa addressed Florentino Perez, Real’s president, as ‘VARentino’ in one of his slogans.
‘I will not allow VARentino to control LaLiga,’, read the slogan to be more precise. Of course, some socis will undoubtedly find this funny and appealing. After all, Laporta’s dig was well received in the community because Barcelona fans, and any other fans for that matter, like jabs like these that are aimed at their arch-rivals.
However, Freixa also took a dig at Laporta as well, calling him out for not attending the debate with himself and Font. Either way, we can safely say the tension is slowly but surely on the rise.
March is also rapidly approaching and the candidates are using all the aces they have up their sleeves. We still don’t know who will have the final say but at the same time, there are some indications suggesting there is a clear favourite after all.
We’ll just have to wait and see.