Actual Madrid have cemented themselves because the favourites to win the La Liga title this 12 months. With a 2-1 win over Granada on Monday, the Zinedine Zidane led group has gone one step additional in successful the event and wish only one extra win to take action. However FC Barcelona are usually not far behind, sitting simply 4 factors behind the table-toppers. The remaining two video games are essential for each the groups and a single slip-up may value them the title. However sadly for Barcelona, star striker Antoine Griezmann suffered a muscle damage in the course of the 1-Zero win over Actual Valladolid final week, and it may pose troubles for supervisor Quique Setien’s aspect.
Former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid participant and present La Liga ambassador Luis Garcia believes that the Barca squad have sufficient power to comfortably pull off good leads to the following two video games.
In a reply to the query requested by Hindustan Instances on whether or not Barcelona will have the ability to cope up with out Griezmann, Garcia, throughout a convention name with Indian journalists stated: “It’s solely two extra video games left for Barcelona. Antoine Griezmann is clearly an vital participant. Everyone knows how good he could be. Despite the fact that, he has struggled previously few months, attempting to adapt to the brand new conditions in Barcelona. Barcelona squad is nice sufficient to play out the final two video games with 100 p.c confidence within the gamers which might be going to be concerned.”
He additional added that gamers like Ansu Fati. Martin Brathwaite and Riqui Puig must play essential roles in Griezmann’s absence. “Ansu Fati has carried out nice, Brathwaite has been nice when he’s on the sector. There are many gamers. Riqui Puig is an efficient participant, he’s been superb. There are gamers sufficient to placed on the sector, and never look again and say ‘oh god, Griezmann isn’t going to be concerned’. This squad is nice sufficient for the following two video games,” he stated.
Former Sevilla ahead and one other La Liga ambassador Frederic Kanoute, who was additionally current in the course of the convention name, additionally added that there’s sufficient depth in Barcelona’s squad to not fear about one or two huge gamers lacking.
“I believe it’s okay, to be sincere. After we discuss Barcelona, it’s such a giant and high quality squad. Even when one participant is lacking, it’s not an enormous challenge, except it’s Lionel Messi. Even then, I’m not certain as a result of the expertise is there and the whether or not it’s Actual Madrid or Barcelona, they will afford lacking one or two gamers generally, and I’m certain they will ship,” Kanoute stated.
On groups being match for Champions League
The UEFA Champions League event is about to return subsequent month with groups vying for European glory. Three Spanish golf equipment – Actual Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid are nonetheless a part of the European event, however after competing in a crunched La Liga through which each sport is a must-win, will the three groups have sufficient left within the tank for competing in Europe’s largest event.
Addressing the identical, Garcia says that the gamers are professionals and have been competing in back-to-back matches for an extended time frame. “I assume, if you play for such groups, the place you will stand. You understand how robust your competitors is. I do know the gamers didn’t have correct exact coaching, so the groups struggled within the first few video games with the rhythm. Now they’re full 100 p.c health. It’s about time. There are solely two-three weeks left after they should push themselves however they’re used to it,” he stated.
The Spaniard additional added: “When groups have gamers with such professionalism, they know tips on how to push themselves. After they have to manage themselves and after they should go full at it. I’m certain with managers doing all of the rotations, and all of the recoveries they’re making, the groups will arrive at these video games with full type,” he added.
“I perceive they knew from the start that this case might be like this. However they’ve been doing this for a few years. A number of the gamers have solely had a few weeks relaxation in a 12 months – they end competitions, they go to nationwide groups, they end that and return to golf equipment – so they’re very skilled and know tips on how to deal with their our bodies. They’ll make effort to take one other trophy,” Garcia signed off.