FC Barcelona’s October test
FC Barcelona still tops La Liga points table and they are expected to win their group in UEFA Champions League as well, but will they be able to pass their October test. You don’t expect Barcelona to lose points against the bottom half teams but Barcelona lost this season. They played draw against Girona (11th) and Athletic Bilbao (15th), and lose against Leganes (20th). Now, FC Barcelona’s October test starts.
They will face Tottenham Hotspur first in their Champions League fixture on Wednesday night at Wembley. They have already lost 7 points in their last three games. Blaugranas can’t afford to give another disappointment performance, fans certainly not going to like it.
🗓 FC Barcelona’s October fixtures :
🏴 Tottenham Hotspur (A)
🇪🇸 Valencia (A)
🇪🇸 Sevilla (H)
🇮🇹 Inter Milan (H)
🇪🇸 Real Madrid (H) pic.twitter.com/iIYNFri97H
— Haider Zidi (@Haider_Zidi) October 1, 2018
But, it’s an away fixture and Spurs can be troublesome for them at home. Last season, Spurs won each of their home fixtures in Champions League at group stage scoring three goals in each game. They saw off Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid 3-1 and defeated APOEL 3-0.
Barcelona with their existing problems can’t be trusted to get a good result at Wembley and any lost point will leave Inter Milan in an advantageous position in the group who will face PSV Eindhoven away from home.
If Barcelona even overcome Spurs challenge, back at home they have real trouble in facing Valencia, Sevilla, and Real Madrid in back to back fixtures. On Sunday, Barcelona will be playing away at Mestalla against Valencia. Los Che registered their first victory against Real Sociedad last weekend after playing five draws and a defeat.
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— Muhammad Aqib (@th3barcafan) September 5, 2018
Marcelino side is really a strong side. They were not getting the result initially but they have vastly improved this season and can hurt any team with their quick counter-attacking football. Barcelona need to be aware of that because they have always struggled against a good counter-attacking side.
Thankfully, Barcelona will get some rest after Valencia fixture due to international break. It will give them some time to rethink their problems and finding a solution but the bigger fixture will be waiting for them in fortnight’s time. They’ll play three big games within a week’s time. The only benefit they’ll have is they’ll be playing all three fixtures at home.
Sevilla will be first waiting for them who have scored 17 goals in their last four games and that too include a 3-0 victory against Real Madrid. It’s a warning sign even though Blaugranas will host them at Camp Nou.
Los Rojiblancos have some quality players upfront. They are scoring for fun. Andre Silva is enjoying his loan spell from AC Milan being La Liga’s top goal scorer and Wissam Ben Yedder is exploring his potential. Their midfield trio of Ever Banega, Pablo Sarabia, and Franco Vazquez are dominating the game as well right now. Pablo Machin side can cause damage to any team right now and Barcelona must be wary of that.
If Barcelona manage to get past Sevilla, another October test will fixture Inter Milan. They will host Inter Milan at home three days later. Nerazzurri is really growing after their captain Mauro Icardi is back in the team. They are getting good results and Barcelona will be their real test.
And their final October test will be against Real Madrid. However, Los Blancos have also enjoyed the same fate as Blaugranas but they’re expected to pick points in upcoming fixtures. It’s going to be a real test for both La Liga giants in El Clasico.
Especially, Barcelona will look more vulnerable at the end of the October if they lose points in their October’s test. They have lost their 7 points against weaker teams, whereas Real Madrid have lost them against the likes of Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao, and Atletico Madrid. If Barcelona lose points against Valencial, Sevilla, and Real Madrid, they’re really going to be in trouble.
FC Barcelona’s October test is going to decide La Liga’s winner and their fate in UEFA Champions League as well. We hope they overcome their October challenge but it’s really going to be tough month for a team who are already under scrutiny.