Barcelona VS Celta Vigo Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 06/11/2021
Barcelona are back on LaLiga Santander duty on Saturday in Vigo against Celta. On the dawn of a new Blaugrana era, it will be a chance to keep the momentum going and encourage a feelgood factor around the club hoping that brighter days are around the corner. Ansu Fati, who made the difference in Kyiv, will be a big part of that future and he should feature in Galicia. Ousmane Demebele, whose return was another of Tuesday’s positives, will, however, miss out, along with Ronald Araujo. Celta have been disappointing this season and like Barcelona have won just one of their last five games. On the bright side for them, they should have Jose Manuel Fontan and Kevin Vasquez back for selection.
Following a crucial victory over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League in midweek, Barcelona return to action in La Liga for the final match before the November international break as they travel to Balaídos to face Celta Vigo. This will be the last match in charge for interim manager Sergi Barjuan, since Barça are expected to announce Xavi Hernández as the new first team head coach on Saturday. Barjuan has done a solid job so far, getting the team to play more attacking football and getting a very important result in Europe.
But the draw against Alavés in Barjuan’s first game in charge was a bad result from which the Blaugrana must recover quickly. Unfortunately they have to play Celta Vigo away, and in recent years this has been a guaranteed tough game in which Barça struggle and usually drop points. Iago Aspas turns into Lionel Messi against the Blaugrana defense, and the Galicians always seem to come from behind to draw 2-2 somehow. Barça will also be missing eight first team players due to injury and the team will be tired after a tough game in Ukraine, so the potential for another disappointing result is very much there. No matter how badly Celta have played this season, they always raise their game when the big boys come to Balaídos and will make it very tough for the Catalans.
Celta finished eighth in La Liga last term, and a push for a top-seven spot was thought to be a possibility this season due to the quality that the team can call upon, particularly in the final third of the field.
However, there is no getting away from the fact that it has been a tough start to the campaign for the Sky Blues, who have won three, drawn two and lost seven of their opening 12 matches to collect 11 points, which has left them in 15th position in the table ahead of the next set of fixtures.
Eduardo Coudet’s side have only been victorious in one of their last five league matches – a 3-0 success at Getafe at the end of October – but they did pick up a welcome point away to high-flying Rayo Vallecano on Monday evening.
Celta also recorded a 2-1 victory over Barcelona when the two teams last locked horns at Camp Nou back in May, with Santi Mina scoring twice, including an 89th-minute winner.
Los Celestes were beaten 3-0 in the corresponding game last season, but the Catalan giants have only won once in Vigo since April 2015, and it would be fair to say that this is not a classic Barcelona team.
Barcelona remain under the interim management of Sergi Barjuan, as the club are finding it difficult to negotiate Xavi’s release from Al-Sadd, with the Qatari outfit insisting that the Spaniard is not currently free to leave.
The Catalan outfit were held to a 1-1 draw by Alaves at Camp Nou last weekend, which has left them down in ninth position in the table, some nine points behind leaders Real Sociedad.
However, Barcelona did manage to pick up a huge three points in the Champions League on Tuesday night, as Ansu Fati’s second-half effort proved to be the difference against Dynamo Kiev, and the result moved the La Liga side into second spot in Group E behind Bayern Munich.
It has been a very tough few months for the club, but all is not lost, with a spot in the knockout round of the European Cup more than achievable, while they are only six points off the top four in Spain’s top flight.
Barcelona have only won one of their last five in the league, though, suffering three defeats in the process, including a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano in their last away domestic fixture, which led to Ronald Koeman’s exit.