In its first two days, Barça offered two distinct faces. Sometimes seductive and collectively exciting, sometimes stunning and disappointing, the Blaugrana must confirm. Facing a team of Osasuna back in the elite and party on a very good basis, the poster looks very attractive in the overheated atmosphere of El Sadar.
The road continues for Barça, who recovered well after his debacle in the opening match against Athletic. A start to put to the credit of a team much more concerned than the previous week with new players determined to take advantage of their luck, but also to a general apathy of Betis. Conclusion It will be necessary to confirm the good work glimpsed in front of a promoted who wants to make the exploit in front of his public.
Osasuna – afford the champion's scalp
Unbeaten after two days of championship, the promoted very well in the competition. Better than his evening opponent who for the little anecdote of the beginning of the season displays a balance sheet (3 points against 4) and a place in the standings (9th against 7) lower. The Navarrese, champions of Segunda have already created the little surprise by beating Leganés at Butarque, a displacement always difficult even for the champions of the championships.
Already strong with a workforce that has retained its good elements, the club has made an interesting recruitment including Chimy Avila the former goleador of Huesca, scorer on the first day and Marc Cardona, former Barça. The short-term goal: maintain and more if affinities, but with the desire to maintain over time this place in the elite and to grow again towards greater ambitions.
To continue the invincibility series, Jagoba Arrasate should modify his XI a little by aligning the only Avila in attack.
Barça – Continue to progress collectively without Messi
While the soap opera Neymar is finally preparing to know his epilogue after weeks of expectations, Barça goes to Osasuna with a still small. Leo Messi is still unavailable, as well as Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembélé whose future is still uncertain at the club. A decimated attack but whose liners were able to respond to home.
Waiting for the transfer window to end and Ernesto Valverde to count on his full complement, it should rely on his XI winner of Betis last week who posted a nice collective agreement with the only De Jong used which had some difficulties to exist, far too far from the heart of the game in its positioning. But a new opportunity should be given to him on this match to find the perfect deal with his teammates.
On the side of XI, bis repetita. Carles Perez author of a convincing performance last week crowned by his first goal with the A, is expected to find a place holder alongside Griezmann and Rafinha. Typical defense.
The keys to the match: Scoring fast for Barça
With a defense that has not yet conceded a goal, Osasuna confirms its reputation as a strong team defensively. In a difficult stadium that is not one of Barça's favorites in terms of results, the key to the match will be to resist for Navarrese who could plunge Barcelona into their doubts.
With a light bench and with greater uncertainties on the outside, a virgin score that drags could benefit the local who will have the opportunity to play very quickly against Chimy Avila. For this it will resist the intelligence of Antoine Griezmann displacement that can undermine any defensive organization by offering more freedom to his teammates and an explosive Sergi Roberto in his last match. To counter this environment Barcelona who has proposed much more daring in his choices than before, the coach of Osasuna could choose to model his organization on that of his opponent. All this with the unconditional support of the local public whose Ernesto Valverde highlighted the possible role in pre-match press conference.