Fourteen games for the double

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Fourteen games for the double

the counting in the career of FC Barcelona towards the title of LaLiga starts tonight at Martínez Valero de Elche, in an unequal rivalry between the leader and bottom of the classificationseparated by 55 points, the largest difference in history between first and last at this point in the championship. Xavi Hernández’s team The second leg of the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid is on the horizon, next Wednesday, so the eleven that will take the pitch in Elche is a team with reserved starters, because the importance of commitment of the cupbearer party is infinitely superior, without this meaning ignoring the three points at stake tonight.

Between the two Cup matches that await (the semifinal and hypothetical final) and the twelve days of LaLiga away they go, Barcelona will face fourteen games in search of a historic ninth League-Cup double. It has only achieved it eight times (1951-52, 52-53, 58-59, 97-98, 2008-09, 14-15, 15-16 and 17-18), despite the fact that four of them (the half ) has won them for the past fifteen years, so it seems typical of the youngest. Not this. The ninth double of history, if it is achieved, it should be greatly appreciated by Barcelona fans.

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To get there, need to be added trumps. And to temporarily drop Madrid to fifteen, Xavi’s team will need three points at Martínez Valero. The technician will have an alignment of changes compared to the ideal eleven: to the casualties due to injury (Dembélé, Pedri, Christensen, De Jong) have been added to Raphinha due to suspension and, perhaps, to Araujo at the start, as a precaution.

In defense, Koundé could pass through the axis, accompanied by Marcos Alonso or, if he wants to reserve the Cantabrian for the Cup, Eric. On the wings, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba, who trained throughout the break, to reserve Balde for the Clásico. Sergi Roberto could happen normally, Koundé on the side and Eric-Marcos to form some centre-backs, but this is unlikely.

In the middle, Sergio Busquets is fresh and he will be joined by Gavi and Kessie, who wear and could start on the bench if Sergi Roberto plays in midfield or if Xavi bets on Pablo Torre. And in front, it seems clear: Ansu-Lewandowski-Ferran

Source: La Verdad

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