In the good week for Barcelona FC, following their break to 2nd place, the bad news for Blaugrana is that they lost Victor Valdes due to injury.
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Gerardo Martino’s side after a surprise 1-0 defeat at Real Valladolid , have entered three wins in a row and have scored 14 goals in the process, and now they surpassed Real Madrid, leaving them on third. Barca currently are sitting on second a point behind La Liga leaders, Atletico Madrid, who faces a difficult encounter against Athletic Bilbao. All that means that Barca with a win in the Catalan derby, and Atletico’s possible drop of some points, Barca could re-take the first place once again.
Just a week ago Real Madrid was the leading team in Spain, but El Clasico defeat to Barca (3-4) and later 2-1 defeat to Sevilla has put Barca who celebrated a midweek win over Celta above them . The match is simple, to stay there, Barca needs to win a local derby game against Espanyol. Their recent encounters in La Liga, Barca won, but this time maybe it wont be so easy as RCD Espanyol is playing very well. Can they withstood Messi, Neymar and company and derail Blaugrana’s title bid, is the question for which Real Madrid is hoping to be an answer, yes.
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino gives his assessment of upcoming clash with local rivals Espanyol.
Tata Martino press conference