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Valverde’s Athletic, Barça’s important ally to deduct points from Real Madrid


They subtract 27 points for contesting in LaLiga 2023/24 and in front of this the FC Barcelona has to begin to ‘play’ with the calendar, so much his as the one of the Real Madrid, in the fight by the title of the domestic competition. The Barcelona group has not been able to discount too much after remaining to 10 units of the white team does almost two months, and for now keeps to eight points.

It is thus that the Classical of the next 21 April in the Spanish capital represents this opportunity of ‘kill or die’ for the Barça of Xavi in LaLiga. It is thus that the two meetings that will have both teams before finding that day will be keys. Shelving for one moment the quarter-finals of Champions, the team of Carlo Ancelotti has two much more complicated duels that the ones of Xavi, and the first of this already represents a big possibility so that the Barça can discount points.

After the international stop, something that can play against of the rhythm with which arrive the team merengue, especially if it decides to make some rotation, but is that besides it will receive the Sunday to one of the teams more in shape of all the championship: the Athletic Club of Ernesto Valverde. The Basque team will contest his last duel before the final of the Glass of the King that will star the Saturday 6 April in front of the Mallorca, by what will try to play a perfect party and arrive of the best possible way to that duel in front of the Balearic.

The Barça is very attentive to what can do the Madrid

To this adds that the Athletic adueñó of the fourth position before the stop and is a place that will try to retain by all the possible means. The ones of Valverde want to be in the next Champions League and a triumph in front of the Madrid would allow them strengthen in this aim. Although the meeting will not have the factor of Saint Mamés, the Athletic knows to play big parties in the Bernabéu and will have to his disposal his greater offensive arms, like the brothers Williams: Nico and Iñaki.

The Barça will expect at least a tie, especially if it is able to win this Saturday to the UD The Palms and like this already remain to ‘alone’ six points and eight days for contesting . Besides, the calendar has prepared him to the Madrid have to confront of consecutive way to the finalists of Glass, having to visit Mallorca after the final and being able to be another stage and rival complicated, already was to lose other two points and finally arrive to the Classical with six points of advantage -if it won to the Athletic- or even to four or three points if it is not able to win to any of the finalists of the tournament of His Majesty.

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