Real Valladolid vs FC Barcelona: Little hope, focus on Champions League

Following the disappointing and unconvincing 1-0 win against Espanyol last Wednesday, there’s little hope for Barcelona to win any title. With three games left while trailing four points behind archrivals Real Madrid, the title hopes are next to nihil. Only a defeat and one draw on the condition that Barcelona wins all the remaining fixtures could see Barcelona lifting the title.

Furthermore, the UCL hopes aren’t big either as Barcelona could face Bayern in the quarterfinals and perhaps Manchester City in the finals should we win against Napoli. A trophyless season seems to be the ugly reality of this season, unfortunately. With that said, why not play good football in the next games? We have nothing to lose.

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Last 5 Valladolid matches: DDDWL

R.Valladolid-Getafe: 1-1

Sevilla-R.Valladolid: 1-1

R.Valladolid-Levante: 0-0

R.Valladolid-Alavés: 1-0

Valencia-R.Valladolid: 2-1

League stats: 14th|39 pts|-10

In the fourteenth place, Valladolid don’t have any special motivation for the remaining matches. They aren’t in danger of relegation, but aren’t high enough to aim for European places. They have only won one match out of the last five. Next season, though, Barcelona loanee Matheus Fernandes will be a must watch for the culés. Playing usually in a mid block, there isn’t much to expect from them. They will surely try to make it hard for us, and anything other than a convincing win would plunge the Catalans further in the ongoing crisis.

Last 5 Barcelona matches:

Barcelona-A.Bilbao: 1-0

Celta Vigo-Barcelona: 2-2

Barcelona-A.Madrid: 2-2

Villarreal-Barcelona: 1-4

Barcelona-Espanyol: 1-0

League stats: 2nd|76 pts|+43

As it stands, Barcelona is almost certain to go into a trophyless season. We have to go back to the 2013-2014 season to find the last time Barcelona went trophyless. 6 years later, the Catalans are in a turmoil with an institutional crisis. There are only three matches left until the CL comes back, where Barcelona have to win at home against Napoli on the 9th of August in order to advance to the 1/4th of finals where they should meet the other FCB, München, favourites this season. Giving times to youngsters in the next matches is probably the best thing to do, in order to include a few La Masia graduates in our next season’s plans. 

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