Title hopefuls Barcelona need to gain on a singular relapse by Real Madrid if they are to take full advantage of Valencia’s midweek success opposite a leaders of La Liga.
The Catalan bar contingency overcome during in-form Atletico Madrid on Sunday to step adult a vigour on their rivals, whose 2-1 better during Valencia on Wednesday was usually their second of a season. Real, usually one indicate transparent of Barca and 3 forward of Sevilla, play after on Sunday during Villarreal.
Barca, still disorder from their 4-0 better during Paris Saint Germain in a Champions League on Feb. 14, were booed final Sunday when they indispensable a late Lionel Messi chastisement to kick strugglers Leganes 2-1 in their latest La Liga game.
“We’re not going by a best impulse of form,” Barcelona defender Gerard Pique told reporters this week. “We’re focused on anticipating solutions.
“The many critical thing is to get behind to personification a approach we like to play.”
Real’s better during a struggling Valencia, however, has given Barca an event to pierce tip of a standings, during slightest for a few hours.
Real, anticipating to constraint a La Liga climax for a initial time given a 2011-12 campaign, are starting to demeanour vulnerable.
They conceded dual goals in a opening 9 mins during Valencia — a necessity that Zinedine Zidane’s group could not overcome.
Atletico have had their struggles and are in fourth place, 7 points behind Real. But they seem to be conflict their stride. The latest justification was a 4-2 delight during Bayer Leverkusen in a Champions League on Tuesday.
Atletico handed Barcelona a shock progressing this month in a King’s Cup semi-finals when they drew 1-1 in a second leg during a Camp Nou, nonetheless Barca reached a final 3-2 on aggregate.
Now Luis Enrique’s group contingency rediscover their defensive reduction opposite an Atletico conflict braggadocio a impassioned Kevin Gameiro, who followed his hat-trick in Sunday’s 4-1 win during Sporting Gijon by scoring again and environment adult another during Leverkusen.
Fernando Torres, Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco have also been on aim of late.
Real have won usually one of their final 4 divided games in La Liga and face a wily outing to Villarreal, who have mislaid usually twice during home this season.
Third-place Sevilla conduct into Saturday’s city derby during Real Betis on a behind of Wednesday’s 2-1 home win over Leicester in a Champions League.