The first match of 2021 is a trip to Aragon (Sunday, January 3 at 9:00 p.m. CET) to visit Huesca for the second time in La Liga.
Teleguide and launch The local club, which plays in the Blaugrana land very similar to Barcelona and includes several players who spent part of their youth in La Masia, has only won one game so far this season, and they are in the queue of the league. This team, however, has drawn in more than half of its matches, so it will not get
Indeed, despite their 8-2 victory at the Camp Nou two years ago, Barcelona’s last visit to the Huesca stadium ended in a 0-0 draw.
Barcelona cannot afford another stumble. After running into Eibar a week ago, Barcelona started the weekend ten points behind leaders Atlético de Madrid, who have one game less. So today there is only one option for Ronald Koeman’s team: win.
Leo Messi, who suffered a slight injury and missed the game with Eibar, was back in top form and returned to the squad, like Jordi Alba, who was suspended for the last game.
Gerard Piqué, Philip Coutinho (who underwent surgery on Saturday and confirmed his absence for almost three months), Sergi Roberto and Anso Fati are all out due to injury, while Samuel Umtiti has stomach problems and will also be out of that team.
04/13/19 (LEAGUE) Huesca 0 FC Barcelona 0
02/09/18 (LEAGUE) FC Barcelona 8 (Messi 2, OG, Suárez 2, Dembélé, Takitic, Alba) Huesca 2
12/16/14 (COPA) FC Barcelona 8 (Pedro 3, S Roberto, Iniesta, Traore, Sandro, Adriano) Huesca 1
03/12/14 (Cuba) Huesca 0 Barcelona 4 (Rakitic, Iniesta, Pedro, Ravinia)
The most important statistics
Barcelona have not lost their first game in a calendar year since losing 1-0 to Real Sociedad in 2015.
Barcelona lost their last two games against newly promoted teams (Osasuna and Cádiz) and never lost three in a row against these teams.
Leo Messi has only played one game against Huesca before, and when he did, he scored two goals and scored two more.
The many familiar faces on the Huesca squad include Sandro Ramírez, who scored for Málaga in a 2-0 win over Barcelona in 2017.
Huesca’s David Ferrero has created more opportunities (36) this season than any Barcelona player, but only two of them have resulted in goals scored.
Rafa Mir has had more shots (35) than anyone in Barcelona, except Leo Messi (who leads with 85, twice as many shots as anyone else!).
What are they saying
Ronald Koeman, Barcelona coach
““The match looks tough, regardless of what the analysts say.. They haven’t been lucky enough to lose a lot of matches and concede so little in their homeland, so it won’t be easy.”
“Messi is well and trained while the others take a break. He is excited and ready.”
“Coutinho is a great loss. We miss Ansu, Piqué, Sergi Roberto … all the beginners. We are missing two players and that is a problem.”
“The forwards need to take more advantage of their opportunities. We need more goals from midfield and also from set pieces. We create more chances than anyone, at least six per game, but we have to score with them … I also believe in luck , and we don’t get it. ” You watch games like this with Eibar and you wonder how we didn’t win. “
“We have a month of January full of games off the court. I have to be realistic because if we have 12 points from the top, we cannot lose more points and as long as the best teams are consistent, we will not be able to reach them. A lot of people lie and say things. he doesn’t think about “Really … I wouldn’t say we have a good chance of winning the league and we can’t afford to lose more games if we had to play any chance.”
Sergio Gómez, former FC Barcelona player
“It is a very special game for me. I spent eight years in Barcelona’s youth system and I am looking forward to catching up with the players who are now in their first team. I wish them all the best, but I hope we are the ones who win this one. match”.