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Watch: Valladolid vs Barcelona, Match Preview

Pablo Woolls-Blanco

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Barcelona are back on the road and take on Valladolid to wrap up what has been a very busy lead up to Christmas, before a full week without matches for Barça. Culers will be looking to see our team pick up their first 3 points away from home since the end of September, so this simply has to be a victory from Barça.

Valladolid come into the fixture full of confidence, as despite sitting 18th in La Liga, they have been on impressive form over the past month, and will certainly feel they can get something against a Barcelona who have been dreadful away from home in La Liga this season, having picked up just 4 points in 5 games.

The game comes too early for Ousmane Dembélé, but we will be looking to see Ronald Araújo, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri and Martin Braithwaite continue their impressive form and propel Barça to their first 3 points away from home since Ronald Koeman’s second game in charge.

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Barcelona presidential candidate takes a jab at Madrid president, calls him VARentino Perez

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images

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.

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