Le­vante in the way as Barca look for un­beaten sea­son

The Sunday Guardian - - Sports -

MADRID: FC Barcelona have to avoid de­feat in just two more games in or­der to be­come the first Span­ish side in his­tory to go an en­tire sea­son in the La Liga with­out tast­ing de­feat.

Ernesto Valverde takes the league cham­pi­ons down the east coast to Va­len­cia on Sun­day where they will face an in-form Le­vante in the Ci­u­dad de Va­len­cia sta­dium in a game which could be more com­pli­cated than many Barca fans may think, re­ports Xin­hua news agency.

Le­vante were fourth from bot­tom of the ta­ble when Paco Lopez re­placed Juan Mu­niz as coach, but the for­mer Bteam coach has worked a mi­nor mir­a­cle, win­ning 7 of the 9 games he has been in charge to steer the team to safety.

Lopez has given con­fi­dence to the club’s more at­tack­ing play­ers with Jose Luis Morales in outstanding form and mid­fielder Enis Bardhi a real dan­ger from set pieces.

Barcelona travel af­ter beat­ing Vil­lar­real 5-1 in mid­week in a game where they once again showed their threat in at­tack and where Ous­mane Dem­bele fi­nally be­gan to show by the club which paid so much money to sign him last sum­mer. Dem­bele scored Barca’s last two goals on the night and could keep his place in the start­ing 11, even though Luis Suarez will re­turn af­ter kick­ing off Wed­nes­day on the subs’ bench.

Sergi Roberto mean­while will serve the sec­ond game of the four-game ban he was given by the Span­ish Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion for the red card he saw in last Sun­day’s ‹Cla­sico’ against Real Madrid. IANS

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