Even if things go as expected in Spain for the remaining fixtures still to be played in La Liga this season, FC Barcelona will still have a chance of some silverware for the Nou Camp fans to celebrate, and with the Copa Del Rey final being against Alaves, the Catalan club are huge favourites to lift the trophy on May 27th.
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Barcelona’s Ticket Prices Fare Well vs English Counterparts
A recent graphic published by sports bookmaker Paddy Power has revealed that Barcelona are among the cheapest in Europe’s top leagues.
The cheapest season ticket found at Camp Nou this season was sold for a mere £116 with only Portuguese giants FC Porto (£88) and Swedish Allsvenskan side IFK Göteborg (£89).
In comparison, the English Premier League, renowned for its quality, is also well-known for having some of the priciest football tickets in the world.
The Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has called for video goal line technology to be introduced into Spanish football, as it has been in the English Premier League, after his side were denied a clear goal in their last league match against Real Betis at the weekend, Sky Sports has reported.
The Catalan club did end up rescuing a draw from the match but losing another two points while the leaders Real Madrid won to stretch their lead at the top to four points with a game in hand seems to me to have ended any realistic chance of Barca winning the title, although you will get very good odds on them now.
One of the reasons that many have put forward for the reason why Barcelona have beemn struggling in La Liga this season and head into this El Clasico clash with fierce rivals Real Madrid six points ahead in the Spanish league table is the number of injury problems to key players that Luis Enrique has been forced to deal with.
So the Barca boss will be delighted to be able to welcome Andres Iniesta back into the match day squad, even if the midfield star is not going to be risked from the start after five weeks out of action. Enrique can turn to Iniesta if needed and that could be a massive boost.
If things go the way of FC Barcelona this weekend in La Liga then Luis Enrique could see his side get back on top of the Spanish league table where most people connected with the Catalan club feel we belong and have gotten used to over the last 10 years or so.
We do not even need the current leaders Real Madrid to lose either, as long as the likes of Messi, Neymar and Suarez can get a good win at home to struggling Malaga, which is something you would generally think is pretty likely at the Camp Nou, especially as the team from Andalucia have let in six goals in their last two matches.
Some people in the football media have been suggesting that the Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi was past his best and could no longer have the amazing ability to win a game on his own or produce the breathtaking football which has seen him become the most successful player ever with four Ballon D’Or awards to his name so far.
There is no doubt that FC Barcelona have an injury crisis on their hands, especially in terms of the defence, Luis Enrique was already having to cope without the Spanish international left back and centre back Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique and the problem got worse this week after the French star Jeremy Matthieu joined them on the sidelines after picking up a foot problem in the Catalonian Super Cup win over Espanyol on Tuesday, as reported by Sky Sports.
It has been a tough week for the Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and his players, who have somehow found themselves embroiled in controversy and even blamed for the incident last week in the hard fought La Liga win away to Valencia. But the manager responded this week in the best way by drawing a line under the issue and reminding everyone what FC Barcelona stands for.
Anyone would think that Barca were the bad guys the way the Spanish media have been recently and the Spanish football authorities did not help when they fined Valencia a measly 1500 euros after Naymar was hit by a bottle from the crowd when celebrating Lionel Messi’s late winner from the spot.