Interrupted since mid-March, the La Liga resumed Thursday evening with a Sevillian derby that should not change much in the title race. A priori promised either to FC Barcelona or to Real Madrid.
The ranking situation
It’s this weekend that the FC Barcelona and the real Madrid will resume their fight for the Liga title. If the victory of Sevilla FC in the derby (2-0), Thursday evening allowed the Andalusians to return to six points from the White House, nothing should disturb the two cadets in the final sprint. Two rivals who are separated by two lengths, the Blaugranas having gained the advantage just before the end of the season thanks to a timid success obtained against Real Sociedad (1-0) while the Merengues stumbled on the lawn of Betis (2-1).
A smooth recovery
Barça will be the first to (r) enter the track on Saturday evening (10 p.m.). And it is on the lawn of Mallorca, eighteenth and relegation, that the players of Quique Setién will gauge. A smooth recovery, a priori, even if the particular context of a match behind closed doors after three months without playing can hold surprises. The same goes for Real, which will welcome Sunday’s team from Eibar, which is also struggling. A match that will not take place at the Santiago-Bernabeu, under construction, but on the training ground of Madrid.
Two returns that change everything
The cut, imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, was timely for both teams. Orphans of Luis Suarez since early January, the Catalans will finally find their Uruguayan striker, who has recovered from his knee operation. A return that will give weight to a Barcelona attack sometimes in its infancy, relieve Antoine Griezmann and above all a Lionel Messi who, too, will be fit for this recovery despite a slight contracture to adductors suffered last week. It remains to be seen whether “El Pistolero” will be effective from the start.
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For his part, Zinedine Zidane will be able to count on the return ofEden Hazard. Since his arrival last summer, for 100 million euros, the former Chelsea crack has chained the seeds more than the matches. Physical concerns that delayed his integration into the team. In what form will it be? This is perhaps the key for the Merengues. If the Belgian winger finds his best level, he will undoubtedly bring a more attacking touch and give Karim Benzema the support he sometimes missed so much on the first part of the exercise.
A better calendar for Real
Over the past eleven days, FC Barcelona will travel six times, compared to only five for Real Madrid. A datum to put into perspective, obviously, since the stages will be empty. The Blaugranas will have a lot to do on June 19, in Seville, before a series of three tough matches against Atlético (1er July), in Villarreal (July 5) and in front of the neighbor of Espanyol (July 8). For the Merengues, the obstacles will be Valence (June 18) and Real Sociedad (June 21). Two meetings which will be decisive at the end of their journey.
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