Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is the Match Review of Real Valladoild vs FC Barcelona. FC Barcelona is set to play its last fixture in the La Liga competiton before the Christmas break. Therefore, it is very important to end this on a good note. Can Ronald Koemann and his men grab 3 points from this upcoming away fixture?
REAL VALLADOLID VS FC BARCELONA
FC Barcelona previously faced off against Valencia on the Camp Nou grass. It was a great game for Lionel Messi as he was able to level Pele’s record of goals scored all time. However, Barca did not end up with the kind of result they wanted. The Blaugranas were able to make a comeback in the second half. Still, Valencia kept putting in all efforts and ended up equalizing. The match ended in a draw and Barcelona had to face somewhat of a disappointing result. The only positive from that game was that Barcelona became a part of the title race and now the upcoming games are going to be more crucial than ever.
Real Valladolid is up next against the visiting side. Valladoild does not look solid on the points table or on paper generally. However, the boys are in good form and look very decent these days. The worst part is FC Barcelona is also going through a patch of bad form and inconsistent performances. Therefore, no one can rule out Valladolid out of this game just yet. Barcelona needs to work on a lot of aspects before they go away for this encounter. The reason is simple and that is to win. The team needs 3 points at all costs in order to remain competent in the La Liga competition. FC Barcelona is already not the favorite to win the title right now, and a few unwanted results is going to remove all chances of them winning the league.
Therefore, Koemann needs to do proper homework and preparation before he goes out to face Valladolid.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FC BARCELONA?
We can expect Koemann to stick to his similar previous formation as he did against Valencia. Oscar Mingueza and Ronald Araujo once again proved their solid partnership at the back. Therefore, both of them deserve to continue to be in the starting lineup. Furhermore, De Jong or Busquests is likely to operate the double pivot role in the lineup. Messi and Griezmann are likely to be there as well and so are Alba and Dest.
The biggest issue for FC Barcelona is that they have failed to convert chances and if the team can capitalize on that, they are surely winning this game by 4 goals atleast. Therefore, there is huge responsibility on Griezmann who has been very inconsistent until now. Messi scored in the previous game. However, he needs to be there on the score sheet more often too.
Barcelona is the favorite team to win this game. However, Valladolid are going to better than expected. Therefore, Koemann and his boys must be ready or else this is going to turn out to be another disappointing night for the fans.