Three months ago sporting activities in the world had to go on break but now football has resumed in Spain. Majority of those who watch La Liga either watch Barcelona or Real Madrid, little percentage support Athletico Madrid and others.
The wait to see Lionel Messi back on the pitch is finally over: the Blaugrana travel to Son Moix for a big La Liga game against Mallorca, and it’s going to be a fascinating one as Barcelona look to step up their title aspirations with 3 points while relegation threatened Mallorca need at least a point to boost their survival chances.
Barça is in first place two points ahead of Real Madrid and Mallorca in 18th fighting for relegation. Both teams desperately need a win, but Barça especially must get this one.
There are 11 games left to play in the La Liga, the final 10 or 11 games are always serious in the title race and the relegation battle. Madrid’s loss to Real Betis put Barça back on top of the table, after Barcelona lost the El Classico and they can’t afford to waste Cristian Tello’s game-winner three months ago. It’s time to show strength and go for it all. There’s no Champions League to worry about until the La Liga season ends, so there are no excuses for the blaugrana to falter.
The injury list of Barcelona is now bearable as Luis Suárez is back from injury, Lionel Messi looking as sharp as ever and Quique Setién is fighting for his job. There will be no fans to cheer in the stadium so Barça have no excuses to not play well away from home this time around.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Arthur, Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Suárez, Griezmann
Mallorca (4-4-2): Reina; Pozo, Valjent, Raíllo, Gámez; Rodríguez, Salva S., Baba, Kubo; Budimir, Hernández