Barca’s next game in La Liga is against the opponents that have proven themselves to be the incredibly resilient. After a great win against Viktoria Plzen in the first Champions League of the new season, Barca will travel to Andalusia in south-western Spain to play Cadiz CF. On paper it seems like an easy win considering the way Barca have started the season and the kind of blistering form our new star-man Robert Lewandowski is in but this is exactly the kind of game that has tripped up the team in recent seasons. An early goal is crucial in ensuring a win. Barca have dropped points in each of their last four games against Cadiz(2L,2D) which is incredibly poor. It’s essential for Barca to pick up as many points as possible before a brutal run of fixtures in October.
The team based in the port-city have begun the new season in some genuinely shocking form. They’ve lost four out of four of their opening games. What’s even more of a worry is that they’ve scored a total of zero goals and conceded ten. Head Coach Sergio Gonzalez Soriano is surely feeling the pressure. Cadiz need a win badly and considering their recent form against Barca they will surely look to atleast get a draw out of this game.
Soriano’s preferred formation is a classic 4-4-2. He’s previously coached Espanyol and Real Valladolid. Over the summer Cadiz brought in Victor Chust, Ruben Alcaraz, Joseba Zaldua and Awer Mabil. Cadiz is still one of the favored teams likely to get relegated, even more so after their poor start to the season. Cadiz’ game plan should be the usual- park the bus tactics. It’s important to note that even though we, as Barca fans, dislike that particular brand of football it has proven itself to be useful for teams looking to grab a point and survive relegation. Cadiz will have every single man behind the ball and will look to hit on the counter. This is an area that still needs work. I’d like to see Araujo and Balde start as their speed will be important in defending counter-attacks.
Barca can’t afford many slip ups if they want to compete for La Liga. Xavi will also have an eye on the Bayern Munich game next week and will probably rest a couple players. Every game is big and every single player has a contribution to make this season.
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