Barcelona does not want to give up. Displaced ten points behind Atlético de Madrid, the Barça team still trusts in the miracle, spurred on by its full of victories in the League since the beginning of the year and which causes Ronald Koeman to repeat that he is “on the right track.”
In Elche, this Sunday, he will seek his fourth consecutive victory in the tournament, something he has not achieved since last February and that the coach highlighted as “fundamental”.
You must do it without the contest of Leo messi, sanctioned, with the probable return to the starting eleven of Sergiño Dest, already recovered from his injury, and, above all, with, under the leadership of Antoine Griezmann, the intention of turning the need into a virtue: showing itself again as a team that competes and is willing to overwhelm the rival with offensive play, pressure and intensity that shows that growth is more than just good words.
It will be the first visit to Elche since January 2015, when they thrashed them 0-6, and in a stadium where they have never lost, going back to December 1974 (1-0) in the old Altabix. The statistics unquestionably support Barça and even more so if one takes into account that the franjiverde team accumulates twelve league games without winning, having added seven draws and five defeats since they beat Valencia in October and, from there, at home, link four draws and two defeats that have brought him down to relegation positions.
With an eye on what happens next at the Metropolitano, where Atlético will host Valencia, Barcelona, which since its last defeat in Cádiz at the beginning of December has had six victories and two draws, will face the Elche duel with the need to cooling off and probably making use of the rotations attending to the load of an infernal calendar that, in addition, will mean his seventh consecutive game away from the Camp Nou, which will be eight when he visits Rayo Vallecano in the Copa del Rey the following Wednesday. Never seen.