Win or die in Skunk. Barcelona visits Valladolid with the obligation to win if they do not want to leave the thicket throwing away Real Madrid, who did their homework against Alavés (2-0). The triumph of those of Zidane forces Barça to do the same against a Valladolid that will seek to definitively certify the permanence in the match corresponding to day 36 of the Santander League (22 hours / Movistar LaLiga).
There is no margin for error for Catalans: everything that is not a victory at José Zorrilla would leave La Liga on a layup for Madrid, who would lift the title with a victory next Monday in Granada. Taking advantage of Pisuerga passing through Valladolid, Quique Setién’s men will also try to recover the good feelings of the match against Villarreal, in which they showed their best version since the arrival of the Cantabrian coach. Some good feelings that seemed to fade against Espanyol, in a derby in which Barça was gray again. The only positive note was the great performance of Griezmann, who seems to have been resurrected after his exhibition at Villarreal. Those who were not quite well were Messi and Luis Suárez. Both are still far from their best version, especially the Uruguayan, despite the fact that he made up his discreet encounter with the winning goal in the Barcelona derby.
For its part, Valladolid does not even want to hear about the descent. With seven points of advantage over Mallorca, the team that marks the red zone, with nine points to go, the victory would confirm the permanence in the First Division. The club is eager to celebrate salvation after another great year for Sergio González’s men.
Sergio González himself, one of the best coaches of the season, has Míchel Herrero’s noticeable loss for the match, in addition to Salisu’s doubt. In this way, the Catalan coach could return to 4-4-2 with the undisputed Jordi Masip in goal, Moyano, Kiko Olivas, Javi Sánchez and Raul Carnero in defence.
In the core, Joaquín Fernández could bring balance in an area where it will presumably accompany you Ruben Alcaraz, with Toni Villa and Oscar Plano in the bands. And above, the pair formed by Sergi Guardiola and Sandro.
Few doubts from visitors. The losses of Dembélé, De Jong, Umtiti and Arthur due to injury, together with Ansu Fati’s loss due to sanction, almost left Quique Setien’s starting eleven, who has Semedo or Sergi Roberto’s doubt on the right side, despite the fact that the latter has an advantage. Beyond this, Ter Stegen will start under sticks, with Pique, Lenglet and Jordi Alba in defence.
In the midfield the novelty can be Riqui Puig, who would return to ownership two games later. At his side, Busquets and a Arturo vidal indisputable for Setién. Up front there is no question: Messi, Luis Suarez and Griezmann They will start for the third consecutive time with the intention of shining again as in the Ceramic Stadium.
Mateu Lahoz at the whistle
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz will deliver justice at the meeting, with the help of Martínez Munuera at the VAR. Ten wins, seven draws and five defeats adds Valladolid with the Valencian referee, while Barcelona also has a good balance with Mateu: 23 wins, six draws and two defeats, the last in El Clásico in March against Real Madrid.
Experienced and peculiar referee for a vital match for both teams, in which Barcelona will try to put pressure on Madrid and Valladolid to confirm their long-awaited salvation at the José Zorrilla Stadium.