Barcelona had to live to tell the tale a moment leg onslaught from Atletico Madrid in midweek to make a fourth directly final.
Madrid: Barcelona have the risk to move top of La Liga for the primary time since October in a Copa del Rey final get dressed rehearsal once they seek advice from Alaves the next day.
Alaves edged out Celta Vigo on Wednesday to succeed in the final for the primary time, while nine-man Barca had to live to tell the tale a moment leg onslaught from Atletico Madrid in midweek to make a fourth directly final.
However, Barca’s quest for a moment treble in 3 seasons faces extra serious checks this week as a seek advice from to Mendizorroza is adopted via a Valentine’s Day go back and forth to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday in the Champions League.
The champions path Real Madrid via some degree, who even have two video games in hand, however, with Madrid now not in motion till afterward Saturday at Osasuna, victory will take Barca top for a couple of hours no less than for the primary time since October 22.
Barca boss Luis Enrique has virtually a fully-fit squad to make a choice from as Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta made their return from damage as second-half substitutes in midweek, while Neymar returns from suspension.
“We are extremely joyful that Busquets and Iniesta have recovered,” stated Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
“They are essential gamers and (having been out) they may be able to give much more of what they convey to the staff now.”
However, Enrique has adopted a strict rotation coverage right through a hard fixture time table in January and February so the likes of Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto may well be rested.
Real Madrid return
Madrid are in motion for the primary time in two weeks once they face all-time low Osasuna, who’re nonetheless with no house win all season.
The European champions’ conflict at Celta Vigo remaining weekend used to be referred to as off by way of wind injury brought about to Celta’s Balaidos stadium. Zinedine Zidane’s males now face having to play 1/2 their league season in simply over 3 months.
However, the destroy has allowed Zidane to recuperate a chain of essential gamers from damage with the discuss with of Napoli in the Champions League additionally to come on Wednesday.
Full-backs Marcelo and Dani Carvajal have returned to coaching at the side of Luka Modric, James Rodriguez and Pepe leaving Gareth Bale as Madrid’s handiest damage absentee.
Toni Kroos might be lacking, even though, thru suspension.
Despite languishing 8 issues adrift of protection on the backside of the desk, Osasuna have proven indicators of development since Petar Vasiljevic took price in January.
Osasuna have taken the lead in each and every in their final 3 video games and captain Oier Sanjurjo believes they’re at the verge of turning their season round.
“We are robust. We have begun to display that we’re competing,” he stated.
“What we would like is for all that to come in combination for as soon as and be rewarded in a win.”
Third-placed Sevilla want to damage Jese Rodriguez’s house debut for Las Palmas on Sunday after becoming a member of his house the city membership on mortgage from PSG if they’re to stay on Barca and Madrid’s coattails in the name race.
Atletico hang the higher hand in the struggle for the fourth Champions League spot, however six facets are separated via simply seven issues.
Two of them pass head-to-head nowadays as Espanyol host Real Sociedad, who can leapfrog Atletico with a win.
Atletico don’t seem to be in motion until Sunday once they host Celta Vigo on the Vicente Calderon.