Happy new year to everyone! We kick off the new year in no easy way, as we travel away to the Canary Islands to face newly promoted side Las Palmas. This isn’t going to be an easy game and is going to act as a very good test for us at the beginning of the year. They are the best team defensively in the league, they don’t concede many goals and they’re capable of scoring goals too. When you combine that to the problems we’ve created for ourselves this season, then you can clearly see why this is going to be a very difficult game. It’s Las Palmas VS Barca.
A Quick Look at our opponents:
Like I touched on slightly earlier, Las Palmas are a seriously solid team. Conceding little and scoring a decent amount too, this is going to be a solid test for us. They’re led by Garcia Pimienta, our former B team coach. And just like many expected when he took charge, he’s done a really impressive job. Floating comfortably in the middle of the table. They’ve scored a total of 15 goals this season and conceded the exact same amount. Not only is their coach a familiar face, but they also have some in the squad too. Julian Araujo is currently on loan from Barcelona at Las Palmas and has had a really impressive season being one of the standout fullbacks in the league. That’s good news for us next season. However we wont be seeing him tonight due to the fear clause.
When it comes to the lineup for the game vs Las Palmas, we will be without one big name. Pedri is ruled out of the game due to discomfort. I don’t think his injury is as serious as first expected or reported on. He himself said everything was going well and he was even spotted in training yesterday along with Iñigo who is close to coming back from injury.
However, the one big piece of news from this week that has got us all excited is the arrival and confirmed registration of our Brazilian wonder kid, Vítor Roque. Although he isn’t expected to start tonight’s game, he will surely make an appearance. And I’m so excited to see how it goes for him. It’s important not to put any pressure on him as this is going to be an adjustment season for him. But, its still so exciting to see a fresh face in the squad. Someone who can give serious competition to our frontline. A front line which has been severely underperforming so far. Araujo is also finally able to play without a mask too so that’s also some positive news. Frenkie is also back from suspension too.
My starting 11:
Cancelo- Araujo- Kounde- Balde
Frenkie- Gundogan- Roberto
Raphinha- Lewandowski- Ferran