Barcelona vs Valencia – La Liga: Barcelona returns home very embarrassed after a 0-3 loss away from home at AS Roma
An opponent that was seen as accessible and unable to cause problems to the Culé side by almost everyone, on a Champions League’s quarter-finals that will go down in history as one of the most exciting weeks of this competition.
Unfortunately for the Catalans, Barcelona ended up being victims of that surprise. But they also have to take the blame.
After an easy victory, at home, by 4-1, Ernesto Valverde’s team was far from showcasing their qualities at the Olimpico de Roma, allowing for a comeback on this tie that leaves the manager, above anyone else, very exposed to the harsh critics that followed.
The rumours point, even, to an increasing dissatisfaction on Barcelona’s locker room, taking into consideration their manager’s options, and the analysis that understand what happened in Rome as a disfigurement of the team’s playing model are appearing everywhere.
Well, it is that environment of rupture and disconnection between players and manager that will be put to the test on Saturday,
on a reception to a Valencia that is well involved on the fight to try and reach 2nd place, while making everything they can to ensure the 3rd place in La Liga.
The Valencian team is unbeaten for 9 matches, all in La Liga, with only 1 draw suffered on the trip to Athletic Bilbao.
The victory on the visit to Sevilla is the most relevant result of this streak, with the team having on another trip, a much shorter one, to Villarreal, their only toughest test, after playing against Barcelona.
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Which means, independently of the result in Barcelona, the Valencians can hope to finish in the La Liga’s podium.
In this match, still, the Culé pride should come into play to give Barcelona the 3 points.