Barça is a leader and the League returns to a state of normal. Or to the normality of recent years. Those of the Valverde era, in which his team looked at rivals from above. The triumph of Eibar, chained to the previous three (against Villarreal, Getafe and Sevilla) has boarded the Catalans to the top. As usual.
It is usual. Barça has been the leader in 71 of the 85 days since Valverde sits on the bench. In 36 of 38 of League 17-18 (with two wins he was second in the first two tied with the leader) and in 34 of the 38 in League 18-19. And one, at the moment, at 9 in the current championship. Madrid has been a leader 6 times in this period, and Sevilla, 5. Atletico only one, as many as RealSociedad and Athletic Club.
Opportunity for Granada
Without the face to face, Barça has advanced its eternal rival before the classic, postponed until December 18 unless the federal bureaucracy decides another date. The suspension of Barça-Madrid provides a golden opportunity for Granada, third, to be the new leader (the sixth in 10 days) if it beats Betis next weekend. Or the Athletic, fourth, who will receive Athletic.
The Messi factor
The crisis that appears and disappears every three days, as Valverde analyzed in the worst days, has not prevented his Barça from being at the head of the table. It has only delayed the traditional ascent to the top. It has also been delayed by the absence of Leo Messi. Until the captain has not joined the team after his injury, Barça has not carbured as usual.
The Messi factor has been as influential as the settings made by Valverde in the defensive operation and offensive transitions. In the first five games, Barça scored 12 goals and conceded 9 to score 7 points out of 15 possible; In the last four, there have been 11 scored and 1 received to block the full of the 12 points.
Sergi Roberto, with a distended knee ligament, you miss the visit to Prague but save the classic
Before two teams with high pressure (Getafe and Eibar), Barça managed to manage the complication coldly and get ahead on the scoreboard, avoiding the drama of having to trace it as usual. A shoe of Ter Stegen to Suarez in Getafe and another one of Lenglet to Griezmann in Ipurua they placed Barça in advantage.
After the temporary bad results and injuries, Valverde recovers players. Umtiti and Junior they were discharged in Eibar and Piqué has complied The sanction. The negative note is the loss of Sergi Roberto, who was diagnosed with an internal lateral ligament strain of the left knee. He will not be able to play against Slavia in Prague on Wednesday. The postponement of the classic prevents him from losing it and gives him time to recover for Barça-Valladolid on the 29th.
. (tagsToTranslate) Ernesto Valverde (t) Football (t) Santander League (t) Real Madrid