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Barcelona VS Espanyol Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 21 Nov 2021

Barcelona VS Espanyol Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 21 Nov 2021

Following the longest international break in the history of the multiverse, Barcelona football is finally back for what is the most anticipated match in recent times as Xavi Hernández makes his managerial debut in the Catalonia Derby against city rivals Espanyol at the Greatest Stadium on Earth. Ever since Xavi was announced as the new head coach two weeks ago, Barça fans have felt hope for the first time in a long time. The return of a legend who was one of the most important figures in the club’s most successful era has given everyone associated with Barça a sense of rejuvenation and a positive look into the future.

There is no doubt that Xavi is a long-term project. The financial state of the club dictates that, and it’s Xavi’s job to coach the plethora of young talent in the squad into a cohesive unit that can develop into a great team in the near future, hopefully at the same time as Barça can make big investments again to sign a few key world-class players to complement the young core. But the short-term is important too, and Xavi’s main objective is to finish in the top four to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Barça are currently ninth in the table and need to make up for lost time under Ronald Koeman, and three points on Saturday are crucial. But it won’t be easy against an Espanyol team that has been very solid since returning to La Liga and always treats these Derby matches like World Cup Finals, and the current state of the Barça squad doesn’t help either.

Xavi will be missing basically his entire attack for this one, with only Memphis Depay and Luuk De Jong available up front. Barça B youngsters like Ilias Akhomach, Ez Abde and Ferran Jutglà could find themselves not only in the squad but in the starting lineup, and it is almost impossible to even predict the first starting XI of the Xavi Era.

Regardless of the lineup, all we want to see are positive signs: a team that plays on the front foot, competes non-stop for all 90 minutes and shows passion and desire to play in a Blaugrana shirt. Their new coach knows what all of that means, and the hope is that he can communicate that message well and the team responds in a positive way.

They have now failed to win any of the last four league outings, having firstly lost in El Clasico against Real Madrid and fallen to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Rayo Vallecano, before playing out disappointing draws with strugglers Alaves and an underperforming Celta Vigo side.

The latter held Barca to a point in dramatic fashion after trailing 3-0, with Iago Aspas netting a 96th-minute equaliser after he previously got on the scoresheet alongside Nolito, following goals from Ansu Fati, Sergio Busquets and Memphis Depay.

Such a run saw the Dutchman dismissed, and he has been replaced by former Al Sadd boss Xavi, who last played for the Blaugrana in 2015, having made 505 appearances in midfield, winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues in a 17-year spell.

The club legend will now hope to inspire a wounded Barca side up the table, with the Catalan giants winning just five of their last 15 games in all competitions, having also suffered thrashings at the hands of Bayern Munich and Benfica in the Champions League group stage.

In their bid to reverse their fortunes, Barcelona welcome a newly-promoted Espanyol side who sit level on points with the 26-time La Liga champions.

Since their promotion from the second tier last term, Saturday’s visitors have adjusted to life back in the top flight in impressive fashion, despite a difficult start with their first five games producing just three points.

The Barcelona-based outfit have now claimed 14 points from their last eight outings to quickly climb the table, winning four of those and losing just two.

After a narrow defeat to Getafe at the end of October, Vicente Moreno’s side bounced back to winning ways heading into the international break, defeating Granada on home turf.

Adria Pedrosa opened the scoring on the half-hour mark, and star man Raul de Tomas netted the second goal in a 2-0 victory on the stroke of half time.

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