Barcelona plays with the obligation to win and with an eye on Madrid


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Barcelona plays with the obligation to win and with an eye on Madrid

The culé team receives Osasuna at the Camp Nou and needs Merengue not to defeat Villarreal to continue nurturing the hope of defending the crown in La Liga.

Hoping to continue fighting the title of The league, Barcelona will receive Osasuna at Camp Nou for the 37th day. Quique Setién is bound to win and hope that Real Madrid don’t defeat Villarreal at Alfredo di Stéfano, to stretch the definition of the championship until the last date.

Recent history gives confidence to the Catalans, who beat the box in Pamplona in the last six clashes that took place on Catalan soil by the First Division of Spanish football.

In addition, the last time that Osasuna managed to defeat Barça was 3-2 in February 2012. Since that time and until today, the Rojillos reaped nine falls and three draws against the Blaugranas.

The bad news for Setién ahead of the duel this Thursday is the muscle injury of Antoine Griezmann, who will surely miss the rest of the season. However, the coach can breathe relief because he can count on Frenkie de Jong and Jordi Alba, both recovered from their physical discomfort.

With the absence of Griezmann, the options in front of Barcelona are several. With the assured ownership of Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, it remains to define who will accompany them on the attack front. The most drinkable candidate is Ansu Fati, who met a suspension date against Valladolid, although Martin Braithwaite could also have his chance.

Probable lineups:

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Vidal; Messi, Suárez and Ansu Fati.

Osasuna: Sergio Herrera; Nacho Vidal, Navas, Aridane, David García, Lato; Moncayola, Mérida, Barja, Arnáiz; and Gallego.

Photo: Getty Images

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