The ongoing political turmoil in Catalonia might take a toll on FC Barcelona who’ll be facing Athletic Bilbao in their next fixture. Ernesto Valverde will be under immense pressure as he’ll be facing his former club.
With Catalonia seeking independence, the future of Barcelona in LaLiga is uncertain.
When asked about if the Barcelona coach could imagine LaLiga without his team, he told in a press conference:
“That hasn’t happened and we’re talking about hypothetical situations.”
“The reality is that we have a league game and we will try to win it.”
“It’s impossible to stay informed about the political situation. Yesterday was a busy day, as is today and it’s not over. We’re focusing on ourselves. My responsibility is that my team wins.”
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta would return after missing the Copa Del Rey clash against Murcia.
Having Messi and Suarez back will ensure Barca carry plenty of menace going forward at San Mames. Things at the back should also be stable with centre-back Gerard Pique expected to be restored to the starting lineup after staying on the substitutes’ bench against Murcia.
The Basque side would rely on their main men Aritz Aduriz and Inaki Williams who are proven match-winners.
Athletic Bilbao are currently 11th in LaLiga with 11 points and have shown no signs of consistency. But still with their match-winning combination and Valverde’s poor record at San Memes, they can manage to create an upset.
On the other hand, Barcelona are currently the league leaders and are as usual the favourites.
Here are the match details:
Date : 29th October 2017
Time : 12:15 AM
Venue: San Memes, Bilbao
Our Prediction: Athletic Bilbao 0-2 FC Barcelona