Tuesday June 30, 2020 ((rezonodwes.com)) – General mobilization in Barcelona? After a weekend marked by rumors of tensions in the locker room and an expensive draw in Vigo, Quique Setién called on his players to “act as a team”, as a decisive match against Atlético Madrid looms on Tuesday (22:00
“We must all sacrifice a part of ourselves, the players including (…) We are a team and we must act as a team”, hammered on Monday the coach of Barça, on the eve of the Day 33 of Liga.
A tone as martial as the weekend was freezing for the Catalans. Taken in check on Celta Vigo (2-2) on Saturday, the Blaugranas saw Real Madrid take two points ahead of the La Liga in a 1-0 win over Espanyol on Sunday. More worrisome, the 32nd day of the championship was marked by rumors of tension in the Barcelona workforce. Relations between star Lionel Messi and Setién’s deputy, in particular, would be degraded, according to the local press. And this is the medium-term future of the Barça coach, who arrived in January in place of Ernesto Valverde, already threatened by some media …
– “Fluid communication” –
“There are always controversies ( …) Because we all have our own way of seeing things, of thinking “, tried to reassure the Catalan technician on Monday.
” I see it as something natural. I think the communication is fluid and I don't attach importance to specific incidents, “setién demined.
The claimed serenity of the Catalan wardrobe will undergo a serious test as of Tuesday, since it is Atlético Madrid, 3rd (11 points behind Barça) and in full rebirth since the resumption of La Liga after three months of interruption linked to the Covid-19, which will move to Camp Nou.
“We have never won at Camp Nou in La Liga, so we're going to seize this opportunity, “immediately warned Diego Simeone, the coach of the Colchoneros, who remain on four straight wins but have not won in the legendary Barça stadium since 2006.
In Catalonia, the people of Madrid will however have to do without the services of Koke and Stefan Savic, warned on Saturday during the 2-1 victory against Alavés and suspended accordingly Tuesday, for accumulation of yellow cards.
De Real Madrid will welcome Getafe on Thursday (10 p.m.), surprising 6th and still contending for Europe for next season. The presence of Eden Hazard, very discreet against Espanyol and out of the field limping on Sunday, remains unclear. But the Merengues will be able to count on their goalscorer Karim Benzema, decisive passer in Barcelona and main architect of the reversal of positions in the ranking between the two rival clubs.
– “Fight to the end” –  On Sunday, the pillar of Barça Gérard Piqué relaunched the war of nerves.
“Remember one thing, we are Barça and all of this is not yet over. Fighting to the end is part of our DNA, “the defender wrote on social media. In the ray of good news for Barcelona, Luis Suarez regained his offensive spirits by scoring two goals on Saturday against Vigo, his first since a meniscus operation in January. Another ghost, Sergio Busquets, who has served his suspension match and is therefore part of the group convened for Tuesday's match. Injured at the ribs a dozen days ago, Sergi Roberto also reinstates the blaugrana workforce, unlike Frenkie de Jong, hit in the calf.
Still, the calendar may complicate things for the Blaugranas: in addition to the Atlético, they must challenge Villarreal (5th) on Sunday, while the Merengues will have an easier end of the season, with three teams from the second half of the table to face in the last six games.
“I am in a period where I am learning a lot (…) It is a process that takes time, ”said Setién on Monday. It will still be enough, five days before the end of the championship.
The program for the 33rd day
Tuesday June 30
(19:30) Leganes – Seville
Majorca – Celta Vigo
(22h00) Barcelona – Atlético Madrid
Wednesday July 1st
(19h30) Alaves – Granada
Valence CF – Athletic Bilbao
(22h00) Betis Seville – Villarreal
Valladolid – Levante
19659004] Thursday July 2
(7:30 p.m.) Eibar – Osasuna
Real Sociedad – Espanyol Barcelona
(10:00 p.m.) Real Madrid – Getafe
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