La Liga is finally returning for Barcelona tonight after another successful venture in the Champions League. The Catalans are visiting Cádiz CF and there could be more on the line than just three points for their ongoing 2020/21 campaign.
As Mundo Deportivo remind everyone, tonight, Lionel Messi could go for Pelé’s record. The Argentine has so far scored 641 goals for the Azulgrana while the Brazilian has amassed 643 for his club.
Cádiz CF won’t be such an easy opponent and Leo hasn’t exactly been firing on all cylinders this season, but if he’s in the mood, he could at least close the gap. Considering that Ronald Koeman demands Barcelona win all of their remaining games in 2020 in an attempt to top the table by Christmas, Messi will need to find his old self.
Not that he’s been playing poorly, quite the contrary. But the goals haven’t been pouring in as much as we’re used to seeing from the best player of all time.
SPORT are calling today’s clash a ‘party‘. With 11 goals scored and not a single one conceded in the last three matches, Barcelona are in fine form and should continue the streak in today’s visit.
Messi, Philippe Coutinho and Marc-André ter Stegen will all return to the squad, and likely the lineup, after being rested mid-week. This means we could see the full strength Catalan team face Cádiz later on tonight.
Let’s hope that means the party truly does continue in La Liga as well.
Official: Frenkie de Jong nominated for La Liga Player of the Month
Ronald Koeman’s altered Barcelona’s starting XI to suit the needs of every individual in the team. The shift from the 4-2-3-1 was desperately needed, and the 4-3-3, that has been historically known as Barça’s structure, brought in an air of freshness.
One player that benefitted the most from this change was Frenkie de Jong. Playing in an advanced role in the position of the right-sided central midfielder, the Dutchman conducts the game in full-swing, roving across the pitch from his own third to the opposition’s. Now there is official proof of his incredible performances, as well.
La Liga have nominated Frenkie de Jong among the seven players for the La Liga Player of the Month for January. Since the turn of the year, de Jong has scored two goals and given two assists from the midfield, playing as a box-to-box midfielder. Not only that, but he looks sharper than ever, stopping the opposition midfield in its tracks in each game.
Barcelona’s previous outing at Elche is the prime example of this. The 23-year-old put in a faultless display, single-handedly running the game from the centre of the park. He was awarded for the same in the form of one goal and an assist in the 2-0 win.
De Jong will have to battle it out against Real Betis’ Sergio Canales, Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, Villarreal’s Pau Torres, Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri, Levante’s Roger Marti Salvador, and none other than former Barcelona superstar, now at Atletico Madrid, Luis Suarez.
While de Jong has scored half as many goals as Suarez, and nearly one-fourth as many as En-Nesryi, his turn in form is extremely commendable. It has also put him in the same bracket as the best midfielders in the world.
Ansu Fati bagged the Liga Player of the Month for September, and you can vote for Frenkie de Jong here.