He Barcelona visit Vallecas to face the Vallecano Ray in the round of 16 Copa del Rey. The single-game tie will be a litmus test for two clubs that are experiencing shady moments regarding the economy, although despite being a classic match in Spanish football, the Catalans are active in Santander League and Madrid residents in the Smartbank, so all the pressure is on those from Ronald Koeman.
The main novelty in the list of summoned in the Barcelona is the return of Leo Messi. The Argentine has already completed his two sanction matches and everything indicates that he will be in the starting eleven of the Barça in order to avoid a cup surprise. The main concern will be the state of the lawn. The storm Filomena has caused havoc and the green is not as good as expected, so the ’10’ culé will have to go down to the mud to help his team to get the ticket for the quarterfinals of the Cup.
The two parties that have been absent Leo Messi invite to think that the Argentine will jump to Vallecas Stadium start to get back in shape and also be 100% when next weekend they want to take revenge against him Athletic in the Santander League. The rest of the team will be a hybrid between starters and less common. And it is that after the scare of Cornellá, against which they had to play the extension, they want to solve the tie in the 90 regulatory minutes to avoid continuing to load the legs of the Barça footballers.
Ronald Koeman will have again Net in goal and the relapse of Sergiño Dest makes Oscar Mingueza repeat again on the right side. Junior firpo He would act in the opposite lane and the Dutch coach could give Ronald Araújo a break to go out with the pair of French centrals: Umtiti and Lenglet. In front, Busquets, which is sanctioned in the League, and Pjanic would form in the double pivot and in front of them would appear Riqui Puig, who made his first goal against Elche. To the aforementioned Leo Messi will accompany you Martin Braithwaite and the remaining position would be between Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Francisco Trincao.
Rayo Vallecano and Barcelona They will star in a Spanish football classic that has not been enjoyed in recent years. The people of Madrid, in the silver category, will once again experience a first-rate football night, but they will lack one of their most important supports: the fans. Far behind are events that have marked the clashes between these historical the league like the famous dance by Thiago and Dani Alves that Carles Puyol had to cut, but now both clubs will meet again, although in very different sporting situations.
And it is that in what both clubs coincide is in the institutional thing, where neither of them is in his best moment. He Barcelona He has announced his debt and the great economic crisis that the culé entity is going through has surprised everyone. These numbers reveal a complicated future in Can Barça, since the payments they have to make collide with the signings they want to undertake … and even with the renewal of Leo Messi.
A dangerous lightning bolt
Regarding the situation that is lived in Vallecas, the footballers already spoke a few weeks ago with a devastating statement in which they charged hard against the president of the entity and against David Cobeño, sports director of the club. The first team, both male and female, and the lower categories feel abandoned by Raúl Martín Presa. From defaults to the little communication that exists between them, through the little defense they have given the team when there have been problems like with the storm Filomena.
Despite the problems the Vallecano Ray is in the fourth position of the Smartbank League eight points away from direct promotion positions. The silver category has always been a very complicated and even competition, so, having these internal problems, being there is not easy. This is a clear warning to the Barcelona, who is aware that to win victory they will have to break a sweat.
For the shock Andoni Iraola He will also come out with a team with which to try to compete face to face with Barcelona, although being aware that their real war is the Smartbank League. Also, in a few days the Vallecano Ray will have to be measured at Spanish, one of the coconuts in the silver category of Spanish football. Thus Dimitrievski will be defending the goal, Advíncula, Saveljich, Catena and Martos they will form the defense, Mario Suárez, Comesaña, Isi Palazón, Trejo and Álvaro García in the spinal cord and Qasmi as the most advanced man.