Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon : Match preview
FC Barcelona travel to Gijón today to play the game that was originally postponed due to their successful participation at the Club World Cup played in Japan. Three points against the Sporting would move the Catalans a whooping six points clear at the top position of the Liga table after the Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon knock.
Other than the long-term absentee Rafinha, there are no serious injury concerns in the Barça side, but Masip, Douglas, Sandro, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto have all been left out of the team of eighteen of this Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon encounter.
For the home side, defenders Bernardo Espinosa and also Roberto Canella are both out for the long-term span, while striker Antonio Sanabria (hamstring) and the attacking midfielder Dani N’di (knee) are also called unfit for Wednesday’s Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon game. The latter’s absence implies Croatian striker Allen Halilovic will almost definitely start against the squad from which he is out on loan.
Gijón is the town where Luis Enrique once grew up and Sporting is a club that will forever be close to his heart. “Whenever I go back to El Molinón, it’s special” he said on Tuesday. “But tomorrow I’m going back as a coach and I want to win … Sporting is a very hard-working team that uses their defence to manage their attacks and they’re one of the most intense teams in the league.”
The Barça coach and Abelardo Fernández have known each other since the interaction at school, and the latter is now holding the charge at Sporting. “It’s a 90-minute game and anything can happen” said the man who incidentally spent part of his sporting career at FC Barcelona. “We will try to make things very difficult for them, but Barça is unbeatable at the moment and it’s tough to do damage against them.”
It’s now been a staggering thirty games that Barça have strung together comfortably without losing once, the longest unbeaten run to be recorded in the history of Spanish football. And if the latest 6-1 defeat of Celta is anything to consider, then this story could run and run.