“Report losing”, “Saint mid” – Barcelona fans begged the defender to ‘don’t play bad’ when they caught the match against Sevilla in La Liga
Barcelona fans are impatient with Jordi Alba starting the match against Sevilla tonight (February 5). Blaugrana can be 8 points away if they beat Jorge Sampaoli’s army.
It’s been an impressive campaign in the league for Xavi’s side, who are racing to their 27th league title ahead of the Real Madrid holders. The next hurdle on their way is Sevilla’s trip to the Nou Camp.
Xavi chose sides for the encounter, featuring Marc-Andre ter Stegen starting in goal, with Jules Kounde, Ronald Araujo, Andreas Christensen and Alba in defence. Meanwhile, Gavi, Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong have been selected in midfield. Pedri, Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski are on the attack.
However, Xavi’s decision to include Alba’s name in the starting line-up made fans afraid of the possibility of defeat against Sevilla. The veteran Spain left-back was picked ahead of impressive Alejandro Balde and summer signing Marcos Alonso.
He made 18 appearances in tournaments, providing 5 assists. However, he has not been able to play regularly for the Blaugrana this season. Reports suggest that Barcelona’s hierarchy is consider offloading defenders over the summer to balance their books.
Alba will be eager to impress president Joan Laporta and director Mateu Alemany to reconsider their stance. Fans are praying he will put on a stellar performance against Sevilla.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Xavi’s selection of the Spanish veteran:
The race to win the La Liga is in the hands of Barcelona after Real Madrid fell
Losing 0-1 to Mallorca at dawn this morning, Real Madrid has firmly placed the La Liga championship race at the end of today. Barcelonahand. Nacho Fernandez’s 13th-minute own goal was enough for Los Blancos to suffer their third loss of the season.
They are now five points behind the Blaugrana ahead of tonight’s game at the Nou Camp. If Xavi’s army defeats Sevilla, they will have an 8-point difference. To make matters worse for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, no team has won the league title from their current position in two decades.
Barcelona are in good form, haven’t been beaten in the league since the previous 3-1 loss Real Madrid in El Clasico earlier in the season. They have won four matches in a row, including an impressive 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid. The La Liga title could have a new home at the end of the season, with Barca at the top.