Barça will be the leaders before El Clasico next Sunday (4:15 p.m./DAZN laLiga) at the Santiago Bernabéu. Xavi’s team responded to Real Madrid’s minimal victory (0-1) on Saturday in Getafe with a victory over Celta. This win allowed them to add 22 points out of a possible 24 in the first eight games. The best general ‘goal-average’ compared to the eternal rival (+19 for +12) keeps the Catalans in first place in LaLiga.
Athletic Bilbao are just behind the two ‘greats’ of Spanish football with 17 points. Meanwhile Atlético de Madrid is fifth with 16 points, tied with Betis and Real Sociedad, six behind the leadership shared by Barça and Real Madrid.
With the victory over the team from Vigo, Xavi Hernández celebrated his seventh league win in a row, equaling the best streak of last season between February and April. This streak last season included a 0-4 win at Chamartín, a stage to which the Catalans will return to with no more injuries to regret in the match against Celta.
First, ‘final’ against Inter
Before the big clash in Madrid fiefdom, both teams will face two commitments in the Champions League. Real will do so on Tuesday (9pm) in Warsaw, Shakhtar Donetsk’s exile, with less pressure as they are leaders of their group with a full nine points unlike Barça, who will play it on Wednesday (9pm). ) at the Camp Nou against Inter. The Catalans are third, three points behind the Italians.