Barca re­cover to set pace in La Liga

Cata­lan gi­ants look to ex­tend un­beaten run, while Real miss Ron­aldo

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for at­tack­ing ab­sen­tees.

“Ron­aldo is a key player for us, he’s al­ways in it and al­ways scores,” Zi­dane said.

“I hope it’s the last game of the sea­son that we’re with­out him. We’ve not got Cris­tiano nor Ben­zema, but we will have other play­ers and we’ll do well.

“We’ve won two tro­phies in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion al­ready and we played well (in the 2­2 draw) against Va­len­cia.

“Against Le­vante (1-1) we weren’t good and we weren’t against APOEL in the first half ei­ther. Against Real So­ciedad this week­end we need to start in a dif­fer­ent man­ner.” Atletico Madrid will play their first game at their new Wanda Metropoli­tano sta­dium as they host point­less Malaga while Le­vante host Va­len­cia in the Va­len­cian

derby. – Reuters

PIC­TURE: NURPHOTO

STEADY­ING THE SHIP: Barcelona for­ward Lionel Messi.

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