Last minute of Betis – Barcelona, live | Santander League
A month and a day later, Robert Lewandowski will play a league match again with the Barcelona. That is how long the Pole has taken to fulfill the three-game ban that fell on him for his expulsion and his subsequent gesture in the sadar. Everything indicated that it would be a journey through the desert for the Catalans, but they have managed to reinvent themselves.
The balance is very positive for the Catalans. In these three games they have signed full of points. They have taken nine out of nine without their best player and top scorer. They have done it based on victories by the minimum and, above all, by exhibiting a defensive strength that has rarely been seen in the Barcelona. More accustomed to looking for solutions in attack than in defence, it is surprising that those of Xavi They have been able to keep their goal unbeaten all this time.
Lewandowski will find a barca in a much more idyllic situation than when he played his last clash. Things come out for the culés. So much so that they dominate the standings alone with an unexpected lead of five points over the Real Madrid.
airs of revenge
The Catalans visit the Benito Villamarín tonight. The Real Bettys has been one of the teams that has made it more difficult for Barcelona this season. Manuel Pellegrini’s men were close to eliminating the Catalans in the semifinal of the Spain Supercup, but they stayed by the wayside. Today they will seek revenge for that.
on this occasion Xavi will not be able to count on Ousmane Dembele. It will be the first of the handful of games that the Frenchman misses due to injury. He will not return to what was his home either Hector Bellerin, who left the Catalan club yesterday in search of minutes. The good news is that, in addition to Lewandowski, the culés also recover Ferran Torres, who was also serving a sanction. Both the Pole and the Valencian point to the starting eleven tonight.
For the Verdiblancos, today’s appointment, as well as to redeem themselves after what happened in the middle of the month in Riyadhis the opportunity to sign the best first round in years and, of course, the highest record of points in the first 19 league games since the arrival of pellegrini to the bench If they win, they will surpass the 33 points of last year by one to complete a half of the campaign tied with the Atletico Madridin the fight for a place Champions.
The Engineer will be able to count on practically all of his squad and, after verifying in the last minutes of last Saturday’s match against Getafe that his physical condition is already good, line up the Frenchman from the start fekir, one of the key footballers in his scheme. So much so that Betis has excessively accused the absences of Nabil and of Juanmi seeing how his number of goals scored was reduced by almost a third compared to last year.
On the other hand, the verdiblancos are, only behind barca and tied with the villarreal, the team with the least goals scored in LaLiga (only 14 goals conceded in 18 games). A record rarely seen in Heliopolis that he will try to keep before the almighty barca from polish Lewandowskitrying that Ter Stegen not be the star, as in Arabia.
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