FC Barcelona and Valencia CF will meet at Camp Nou in a game in which both strive to jump in competition and storm the top of the leaderboard. The duel promises a lot: Comebacks, defeats, form moments, rivalry … Here are 10 keys to the great Mediterranean classic:
1st factor Guedes and the spirit of the louse
The Portuguese striker arrives as the fittest Valencia CF player. Gonçalo Guedes has thrown the team on their backs at a time of many losses and is having a great season. He has two goals and two assists, he has increased his participation in the game with the freedom that allows him to act behind the striker. He is the player who receives the most fouls from LaLiga and it is very difficult to stop him. The ‘7’, the speed and a more centered position connect him to Claudio ‘El Piojo’ López, who has turned the Camp Nou upside down so many times. It’s time for Guedes to take over the baton.
2.Soler and Gayà are back
The captains return to the crime scene. Without them the team couldn’t win a single game and they were very sensitive losses. They fell over the weekend of the game against Real Madrid and Valencia CF have had their worst competition ever since. With them, the team wins back two of their best footballers, but above all the lead on the field.
3 Diakhaby vs. Lenglet
Both teams lose one of their starting centers and have to bet on the second unit. Valencia CF bears the sanction of Omar Alderete and FC Barcelona with the injury of Ronald Araujo, so Diakhaby and Lenglet enter the scene and the level of both can make the difference. Bordalás spoiled the French in the run-up to the game: “I saw a very remarkable improvement from Diakhaby. He showed it in the few minutes he played. He has matured and grown. He will surprise us all. “”
4. Another big game for Guillamón
Hugo Guillamón’s good level will be tested again in the game against Barça. The Valencian has been the team’s beacon at the center of the field and has shown an inappropriate personality for a 21-year-old player changing the demarcation line. He was already one of the most outstanding players against Real Madrid and comes from an exhibition against Athletic Club. Now it’s up to a huge team to compete on a stage as large as the Camp Nou.
5. Style fidelity
José Bordalás stated in the press room that Valencia were facing the game as a big team. He did something similar in the previous game against Real Madrid in which he said he was not afraid of the merengue team. To have a chance to win at Camp Nou, The black and white outfit has to be true to your style and not make you small. Despite the eventful end, the Mestalla team prevailed against the Madridistas and showed themselves brave in the game. The idea is to take action against the culés for everyone.
6. Maxi Gómez and her favorite victim
The Uruguayan striker returns after his suspension and wants to open the blunderbuss at goalscorer level. Maxi Gómez does not have an easy start to the competition, His work for the team is undisputed, but he lacks a lot of punch in the final meters while Marcos pushes André to eat his toast. Barça is his favorite victim: four goals since arriving in Spain.
7 Youth to power
Barça and Valencia are the two lowest average age teams in LaLiga. It is no trivial fact that the prominence of the youth is by no means just a remnant, but rather is brought to the fore by two factors: the personality these footballers show and the economic situation of both companies. Hugo Guillamón, Thierry Rendall, Hugo Duro or Yunus Musah are some of the Valencian bets. Pedri, Gavi, Nico or Ansu Fati, the Barcelona players.
8. The morbidity of the banks: Bordalás vs. Koeman
The last time Ronald Koeman met José Bordalás as a guest, things didn’t go so well for him. It was a win for Getafe over Barça (1-0) in a game in which the Dutchman denounced after the game that he had fallen victim to Allan Nyom’s insults. Koeman claimed the Cameroonian “treated him disrespectfully by saying very ugly things to him in the band”. In the post-game press conference, the current Valencia coach questioned Koeman’s words and defended his then footballer.
9. Tie Ansu Fati briefly
It’s not full yet but the return of Ansu Fati could be a headache for Valencia CF. In fact, he signed one of his first shows as culé against the black and white team. Now he comes with the number ’10’ on his back and is referred to as the new idol of the Blaugrana community. Tying him briefly is a priority in order to reduce FC Barcelona’s chances of winning.
10. Agüero will debut in an official game
The Argentine striker has already overcome his injury and reappeared in a friendly against Cornellà and is called to Valencia to measure. He’s not at the peak of his career but he’s a very seasoned striker and he’s coming to give Koeman more opportunities. Gabriel Paulista and Mouctar Diakhaby will have jobs.