Barcelona welcomes Sevilla to Camp Nou on Sunday high on confidence and leading La Liga with the milestone of 50 points at the halfway stage of the season.
Barcelona welcomes Sevilla to Camp Nou on Sunday high on confidence and leading La Liga with the corner of 50 points at the halfway stage of the season.
Only two sides have reached 100 points in the Spanish league’s history — Real Madrid in the 2011- 12 season and Barcelona the ensuing time. It’s the fifth time Barcelona has earned that numerous points at this point of a crusade and four times it went on to lift the title.
Xavi Hernandez’s platoon has been exceptionally tight at the reverse, conceding just seven pretensions all season in the top flight, with new advents Jules Kounde and Andreas Christensen key. Goalkeeper Marc- Andre ter Stegen has returned to his stylish form too, making the Catalans Europe’s meanest defence across the top five leagues.
By discrepancy opponents Sevilla is having its worst season for some time, although the roots of reanimation under Jorge Sampaoli are eventually growing. The Andalusians, 13th, have won three of their once four league games, after only two palms in their first 15.
Extending their recent supplement in form will be delicate however, with Xavi proud of his platoon’s growth since taking over in November 2021. The trainer arrived with Barcelona in ninth place last season and he steered it to second, qualifying for the titleholders League. Indeed though it suffered an early elimination from that competition, Barcelona has been steadily perfecting and won its first jewel since the trainer arrived in January, lifting the Spanish Super Cup.
Xavi has said the platoon’s main ideal is to win La Liga and after the first 19 games left it as standalone leader, prospects look bright. “ I don’t like drawing conclusions half through the season, everything can still be turned on its head, ” Xavi said after an emotional midweek palm at Real Betis.
“We’ve to match this first half. We’re on a good path, but there are 19 further games to go — the figures( so far) are extraordinary. ”
Without injured winger Ousmane Dembele, Barca still earned a 2- 1 palm at the Benito Villamarin to hit 50 points. Dembele’s relief Raphinha netted the opening thing, after a clever snappily- taken free- kick by Frenkie de Jong.
Xavi said the thing demonstrated his platoon was mentally ready to succeed this season. “ It’s about station, competitiveness, desire, faith, our expedients are huge, ” added the trainer.
“We’ve confidence and the morale to achieve success. ”
The Blaugrana are boosted by Robert Lewandowski’s return from suspense, with the Polish forward scoring his 14th league thing of the season against Betis.
Sevilla’s main outlet for pretensions, Youssef En- Nesyri, also hit a brace last weekend, ending his failure in the league. The Morocco striker had a fine World Cup but had failed to find the net in 15 La Liga appearances prior. However, it’ll have to do the near insolvable — score against Barcelona at Camp Nou, If Sampaoli’s side is to maintain its enhancement.
No side has managed it this season in La Liga from open play, with the Catalans keeping seven clean wastes in eight home games. Only Espanyol striker Joselu has beaten Ter Stegen there, from the penalty spot in the 1- 1 derby draw in December.
Rayo Vallecano forward Sergio Camello, on loan from Atletico Madrid, has had a fine season, with his pretensions helping the Madrid minnow rise to seventh. The Spanish striker, 21, has netted five this season, most lately in the 1- 0 palm at Villarreal on Monday. With Almeria visiting, he can help Rayo keep pushing for a European qualification spot. Know More Latest News…