Leganes hoping to avoid another Barcelona rampageNovember 17, 2017
Barcelona have only dropped two points this season and have won 10 out of 11 games.
They enjoyed the international break on a high after beating Sevilla 2-1 earlier this month.
The Catalan club are now sitting pretty at the top of the table four points ahead of Valencia and eight points above Real Madrid.
Leganes may have lost their past two games, but have been doing well this season. They will not be a walkover.
Leganes are comfortably in ninth place with a respectable tally of 17 points. The club has only been in the top division for two seasons but are definitely going to stay up again this year.
Leganes coach Asier Garitano is conscious that they will be going up against a strong Barça side.
“If we go into [the match] with the aim of enjoying ourselves then they’ll score five or six.” This fixture last season saw Barcelona come away with a 5-1 win. However, Garitano does not expect history to repeat itself. “I think with our current squad we can show a better level than in the 5-1 loss.”
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde maintains his outlook of not underestimating the competition. “Leganes are a rival who have conceded few goals and it is difficult to create chances against them. They play with enthusiasm.”
Leganes has had a good defensive record so far this season. Cuéllar is among the five keepers who have conceded fewer goals this season in La Liga. However, Ter Stegen is number one in this respect.
Barcelona’s injury list is growing every week. They are still without Sergi Roberto, Dembele, Rafinha, Gomes, Vidal and Turan. Now, Mascherano has picked up a hamstring injury during international dury against Nigeria on Tuesday.
The Argentinian will be out for a month. Both Pique and Umiti are at risk of suspension so the Mascherano injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for Valverde. Meanwhile, Leganes are faring better with only two key players injured: Serantes and Omar.
The match kicks off at 4.15pm local time on Saturday. Will Barcelona be able to keep their good run of form, or will the mounting list of injuries begin to have an impact on results?