The long stop due to the coronavirus pandemic forced the return of the championships, as will happen with Argentina, to be played at a fast pace. In this dynamic, the games sprout, the competitions rotate and the end of the year looms full of activity. An example will be this Saturday, October 17, with good action in Europe.
To take note: in Spain, Lionel Messi’s Barcelona visits Getafe, Real Madrid receives Cádiz and the Atlético de Madrid by Diego Simeone and Luis Suárez visits Celta; in the Premier League, they face Everton and Liverpool in the classic and Manchester City host Arsenal; in Italy there will be another historic duel between Inter and Milan, the Atalanta del Papu Gómez visits the Napoli and Juventus, without Cristiano Ronaldo, infected with coronavirus, face Crotone.
After achieving six points in the first two matches of the National Team in the Qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022, Messi returned to Spain and it is debated whether he will start from 16 (ESPN2) or if Ronald Koeman will choose to take care of his physique thinking about the A string of games to come, among which the Champions League debut and the classic league match against Real Madrid immediately appear.
As against every rival, Messi keeps a fact to highlight: in the 22 games he played against Getafe, the crack Argentinian scored 13 goals and gave 12 passes.
Barcelona comes from equaling 1-1 at the Camp Nou against Seville. (Photo: AFP)
It was against that blue that Leo He delivered one of his best pieces on April 18, 2007, dribbling half the rival team and recreating the goal that Diego Maradona had scored against England in the World Cup in Mexico 86.
Saturday’s day will have four games corresponding to the sixth date of the League. It starts at 8 (ESPN) with the visit to Granada of Sevilla by Lucas Ocampos, Marcos Acuña and Franco Vázquez, who has just gotten a good draw at the Camp Nou and is undefeated.
At 11 o’clock (DirecTv Sports), Atlético de Madrid, which drags two 0-0 (Huesca and Villarreal), will try to recover on its visit to Vigo and in the run-up to a titans’ duel: on Wednesday the Cholo team will go to Germany to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League debut. Meanwhile, at 1:30 p.m. (DirecTv Sports), the leader Real Madrid receives Cádiz.
Atlético de Madrid is coming off two goalless draws and needs to win again. Photo: Reuters
In the Premier League, we will have to wait until Monday to see Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds (receives Wolverhampton), but this Saturday very early (8.30 on ESPN2) there will be a highlight: Everton, to walk perfectly (they won the four that played) hand in hand with Carlo Ancelotti and James Rodríguez, will host Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who has just lost 7-2 to Aston Vila, in one of the historic classics of English football.
In addition, Guardiola’s City, which only won one of the three games it played, receives Arsenal, starting at 1.30 pm, on ESPN.
In Italy, the unpleasant surprise of the week came with the positive result of the test of coronavirus that Cristiano Ronaldo was carried out while preparing to play for Portugal in the UEFA Nations League.
Cristiano Ronaldo will not play for Juventus due to the coronavirus. Photo DPA
He crack Juventus was not only ruled out for this Saturday’s match against Crotone (at 3:45 p.m., on ESPN) but he will miss the Champions League debut against Dynamo and set off the alarms for the second cup match, on 28 October, nothing less than against Barcelona, in Turin.
The highlight of the Italian Saturday will be the classic between Inter, with Lautaro Martínez (he scored a goal in each of his team’s three games) and Milan, from 13.30, on ESPN2. In the set Red-black, who won his three presentations at the start of the season, will reappear Zlatan Ibrahimovic, recovered from Covid-19.
Another who won the three games he played is Atalanta del Papu Gómez, who this Saturday will open the day in his visit to Napoli, from 10, on ESPN.