BAR vs ESL: The derby atmosphere in Barcelona can already be felt days before the real action starts at Camp Nou. These are the types of games which don’t need the extra fuel to stoke up the players or the fans, but Gerard Pique’s comment has done just that.
The visitors shouldn’t get entangled in the relegation fight. But there’s no denying that the danger looms, though how subtle it may be, but it is there. The gap between them and the bottom three could shrink to just six points if they lose and Celta Vigo wins their match.
Barcelona vs Espanyol Team News
Injured – Ousmane Dembele suffered a hamstring injury in the 2nd leg Champions League last-16 match against Lyon and remains out.
Rafinha had knee surgery and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Key Players – Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez.
Injured – Espanyol will be without the trio of Pablo Piatti, David Lopez, and Facundo Ferreyra.
Key Players – Borja Iglesias, Marc Roca
Barcelona vs Espanyol Playing 11
Barcelona– Stegen (GK), Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Semedo, Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur, Coutinho, Messi, Suarez.
Espanyol– Lopez (GK), Rosales, Hermoso, Naldo, Vila, Melendo, Roca, Granero, Perez, Lei, Iglesias.