After the mid-week thrashing of minnows Murcia in the Copa del Rey mid-week, Barcelona are keen to extend their La Liga lead tomorrow.
Barcelona still have not yet lost a match this season. The BlauGrana have only dropped four points, away matches against Athletic Madrid in October and Valencia last weekend.
Celta Vigo have been enjoying a reasonable season. Their home form has been relatively good these past few months. The Galician club has scored in all but one of the 15 games under new coach Juan Carlos Unzué. The Celtics are currently sitting in ninth place.
Last season, Unzué was still working as the Barcelona Assistant Manager. He only took over at the Galician club in May. He has been finding it difficult to step out of the shadows of Eduardo Berizzo’s legacy.
Unzué has even more history with the Catalan club as he played together with Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde before they were both managers. Unzué spent most of his playing career at Sevilla, but had a two-year spell at Barcelona from 1988 – 1990.
Valverde is wary of the insight Unzué has into the Barcelona team. “The fact that Unzué was here, makes Celta even more dangerous.” Even though his side are the favourites for the three points, Valverde is as cautious as ever. “In the last few years Celta have picked up good results here. We have to bear that in mind.”
Meanwhile, Unzué focused on the attitude and character his players need to show for a trip to the Catalan club. “When you go to Camp Nou, you need to make an all-around game so that they do not have the day. At Barcelona, you can only win with a perfect collective attitude.”
Barcelona is without Ousmane Dembélé, Arda Turan, and Javier Mascherano. Gerard Piqué is still at risk of suspension.
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Meanwhile, Celta is without left-back Jonny Castro due to a yellow card suspension. Although centre-back Sergi Gómez has been training with the team since Wednesday, he was expected to not be fit enough to play in the match. But, he has just received the all clear today so is expected to be in the starting XI.
The match kicks off at 1pm local time on Saturday. Will Barcelona be able to put some distance back between their rivals, or will the Celtics pick up an unexpected point?