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Papers: ‘Motivated’; The final duel

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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On today’s newspaper covers, Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona are highly motivated for their Saturday return to LaLiga and Sport preview the final duel between the Catalans and their eternal rivals, Real Madrid.

Surprisingly, neither of the covers gives much emphasis to the Seville Derby that was on display yesterday evening at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, with Sevilla taking the three points away from their own rivals, Real Betis.

Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona are extremely motivated with LaLiga set to return for the Catalans on Saturday night with their trip to Mallorca. They talk of a spark within the team and also about Nélson Semedo’s unauthorised attending of a party and how his test came back negative after all.

On the other hand, Sport’s cover is graced by both Barcelona and Real Madrid as the outlet talks about the final duel between the two for supremacy of LaLiga.

Barcelona are the favourites, they say, but these will be 11 atypical finals for the Spanish crown. Of course, there’s a short section dedicated to Lautaro Martínez, MotoGP’s calendar and the Seville Derby.

Similarly, they also don’t put much emphasis on the game that marked the grand return of LaLIga and instead focus on the Azulgranas and their situation in the league.

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Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.

But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.

He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.

However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.

Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.

After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.

Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.

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