After the agonizing victory in Bilbao (0-1), Barça has already set to work thinking about the league classic next Sunday at the Camp Nou against Madrid. A match that could decide the championship since Xavi’s team managed to maintain the lead of nine points, sustained, once again, by the defensive ferocity represented by Ter Stegenwho has 19 days with a clean sheet in the 25 days.
AND Xavi The week begins with good news because Pedri has joined the training sessions with the group. He has not completed the entire session, but the canary is already in the final stretch of his recovery from the muscle injury he suffered almost a month ago.
The coach trusts in being able to count on him against Madrid, something more complicated, however, it is the presence of Dembélé, who was injured in Montilivi.
Pedri fell in the first half of the duel with United at the Camp Nou after suffering “an injury to the rectus femoris of the right thigh.” And both Xavi and the footballer himself, both following medical advice, did not want to force to avoid a new relapse.
The team have survived the absence of their most talented player in midfield, even though he was knocked out at Old Trafford in the Europa League.
Six games without the canary: 4 wins, 2 losses
But Barça won at the Bernabéu 0-1 in the first leg of the cup semifinal. The Canarian has lost six games due to this muscular problem, where the value of his absence has been confirmed: four victories (2-0 against Cádiz, 0-1 against Madrid, 1-0 against Valencia and 0-1 against Athletic) and two consecutive defeats (2-1 with United and 1-0 in Almería), something that had never happened to Xavi’s team this season.