Barcelona vs Cadiz The league is their great hope
Barcelona have been forced to move on from their unexpected hammering against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, and with one foot out of the Copa del Rey as well, their attention is now fully fixed on LaLiga Santander.
The Catalans can still dream in the domestic competition, as Atletico Madrid’s loss to Levante on Saturday opened the door to the title race.
Barcelona, though, can’t afford any slips as they host Cadiz on Sunday afternoon. The Blaugrana will want to avoid any more scares this season, with the recent losses against Sevilla and PSG meaning that they are all but out of both knockout competitions.
After ending last season empty-handed, Barcelona will want to avoid two consecutive seasons without silverware for the first time in 17 years.
Atletico Madrid are the team to beat in LaLiga Santander, as they still have a nine-point lead over Barcelona, despite their recent dip in form. But in 2021, Ronald Koeman‘s side have done well in the league. And they’ll be hoping to add to that at the Camp Nou on Sunday.
Koeman has called up the same 21 players who were summoned against PSG. The same guys who fell to the French champions will have the responsibility of keeping the fight for LaLiga Santander alive.
Barcelona will face a plummeting Cadiz side, who have strung together four consecutive defeats in LaLiga Santander.
Despite their recent struggles, Cadiz already know how to beat Barcelona, having won 2-1 on December 5 at the Estadio Ramon de Carranza.
That was the Catalans’ fourth loss of the season, and they haven’t suffered a defeat in LaLiga Santander since.