Ronald Koeman’s side needs to pick up points in the title race and have an important game against Athletic Club
Barcelona had a busy summer with Ronald Koeman coming in to take the head coach job and Lionel Messi deciding not to leave Camp Nou despite submitting a request to move on.
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Messi staying at Barcelona has been huge for the club and Spanish football in general, especially after the league’s other biggest stars left for foreign leagues – such as Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus – in recent years.
Barcelona are a much better team with Messi and their goal this year is to win back the Spanish domestic title after Real Madrid lifted La Liga in 2019-20.
An early-season defeat in El Clasico to their bitter rivals has not helped their title hopes, but Koeman is still confident that Barcelona can end up victorious over Los Blancos in the battle for the trophy.
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Barcelona could only draw with Eibar in their last game of 2020, meaning they started 2021 with a lot of ground to make up in the race for La Liga.
A trip to struggling Huesca saw Koeman’s side pick up three points with Messi assisting Frenkie de Jong for the only goal of the game.
That was the latest positive result in a six-game unbeaten streak, which Barcelona looks to continue on Wednesday.
Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto and Gerard Pique are long-term absentees for Barca, while Philippe Coutinho is out after picking up an injury over the winter period.
Ousmane Dembele is in line to start after proving his fitness with a strong showing against Eibar.
Unai Lopez misses out for Athletic and will join Peru Nolaskoain and Yeray Alvarez on the sidelines in Bilbao.
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Barcelona in La Liga table
Despite a poor start to the season, Barcelona now find themselves knocking on the door of the top four.
The disjointed beginning to the 2020-21 campaign means many teams have played a different amount of games, with Barcelona having a game in hand over all the teams ahead of them except Atletico Madrid.
Atletico are two points clear of local rivals Real, but have two games in hand on most of the rest of the teams in La Liga.
Barcelona will need to pick up maximum points this week and have a favourable fixture list coming up, with games against Granada and Elche as well as another match with Athletic Club on the horizon as Koeman looks to turn things around at Camp Nou.
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