Celta vs FC Barcelona: Three points up for grabs in Vigo
72 hours after the Clásico between Barça and Real Madrid and before the Catalan derby against Espanyol (to be played on Friday), the Spanish League leaders visit Celta de Vigo’s Balaídos Stadium with high spirits after claiming victory over their arch-rivals (2-1) but without Gerard Piqué. Tata Martino has decided to continue with his rotation policy for this Tuesday evening’s match and Gerard Piqué has not travelled to Vigo in order to rest. This means that players like Montoya, Puyol, Sergi Roberto or Tello could feature in the starting line-up.
Barcelona (FCB).- After the Clásico and before the Catalan derby against Espanyol, FC Barcelona will play away to Celta Vigo. The Blaugrana will visit Balaídos this Tuesday evening (22.00 CET) with high spirits after claiming victory over their arch-rivals (2-1) but they are fully aware that a slip up in Galicia would undo a job well done on Saturday in the Camp Nou.
Piqué will rest
Tata Martino has decided to continue with his rotation policy for this evening’s match. Gerard Piqué, a starter against Real Madrid, Oier Olazábal and Isaac Cuenca didn’t make the trip to Galicia, while the other 19 avaialble first team players did.
The manager warned that there would be rotations during the pre-match press conference on Monday, which means players like Montoya, Puyol, Sergi Roberto or Tello could feature in the starting line-up.
Winless in Balaídos
The Blaugrana will face a Celta side that thrashed Málaga 0-5 this weekend, but it’s worth noting that the Galicia-based team had strung together a seven-match winless streak prior to the match in Andalusia. Celta’s biggest struggle is winning at home as they have yet to win any of their five matches at Balaídos -losing two and drawing the other three.
Luis Enrique, one of Celta's four former FC Barcelona players, won’t be able to call on Bellvís and Llorca and Krohn-Dehli’s fitness might prevent him from featuring against Barça.