Alavés and FC Barcelona face each other this Sunday, January 23, in the match corresponding to matchday 22 of the Santander League at the Mendizorroza stadium. Both teams arrive urgently, with doubts and the need to add a victory.
Alavés – Barcelona: the Santander League match, live
20:05 – We have eleven from Barça!
Eleven confirmed at Barça. This is how Xavi Hernández’s team comes out: Ter Stegen; Dest, Hammered, Araujo, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Pedri, De Jong, Ferran, Luuk de Jong and Abde.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) January 23, 2022
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An important game for Alavés and Barcelona on this day of the League. Very different needs but the same urgency for both teams in this meeting in Mendizorroza. The Vitorians due to the tightness of the classification, occupying relegation positions and with a worrying lack of points in the last days. The Catalans after two cup eliminations: first in the Super Cup and then in the Copa del Rey.
Barça arrives with the aggravating factor of their casualties. That of Ansu Fati has meant a new setback to the plans of Xavi Hernández who saw the striker as a key option in the attack front. His new injury will force him to look for other alternatives for the time being. Nor will he have Dembélé, whom he left in Barcelona by technical decision. It’s not on the list.
Mendilibar’s landing in Mendizorroza has not been a panacea. After two draws and one defeat, the coach is looking for his first win against Barça. It doesn’t seem easy but other teams have already shown the way this season, adding against the Catalans has become somewhat more feasible than usual.