FC Barcelona will continue their 2016-17 campaign this week as they take on Hércules in the second leg of their Copa Del Rey match on Wednesday night, 30th November 2016. That game will be followed by the big El Classico on Sunday, 03 December 2016 against arch rivals Real Madrid and the last group game of the Champions League against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Wednesday, 06 December 2016. Barcelona will play League games against Osasuna and Espanyol in december
Upcoming Matches: Barcelona will start their 2016-17 season with a carefully arranged pre-season and unlike the previous season’s they won’t be moving out of europe this summer. They have confirmed four high profile pre-season friendlies against the likes of Celtic, Liverpool and Leicester City and their competitive season begins on the weekend of 20-21 august 2016.
Barcelona – Borussia Monchengladbach: match preview
With positions in Group C already resolved, tonight’s game does provide Luis Enrique’s men with an excellent opportunity to recover some self-esteem following two poor back to back LaLiga performances’ against Real Sociedad and Real Madrid. A win also would secure a further 1.5 million euro injection into the bank account of the Catalan club against a rival struggling at the wrong end of the German Bundesliga.
Three consecutive LaLiga draws (against Malaga, Real Sociedad and Madrid) coupled with a lackustlre Copa del Rey performance away to 2B outfit Hercules have the alarm bells ringing at Camp Nou and not for the first time in his tenure as Barcelona coach, questions are being raised about Luis Enrique within certain sections of the ‘Azulgrana’ fan base.
Despite the Asturian coach opting to field a side with many secondary squad players, the starting XI at Camp Nou should have no problem in seeing off a Borussia side who have already tied up third place in Group C and a subsequent place in next Monday’s Europa League draw in Nyon.
Talisman Andres Iniesta is back for the Catalan giants and his presence in Saturday’s drab El Clásico was of balsamic nature for a team who are in danger of losing their footballing identity. The player from La Mancha is expected to line up in a three man midfield alongside Dennis Suarez and Andre Gomes with the Portuguese player cited by many as a natural heir to Iniesta’s throne still yet to convince at his new club.
Anything but a win, and a convincing one at that will see an increase in anxiety levels at the club as they watch eternal rivals Real Madrid jet off to Japan to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup.