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Limit situation in the middle of January for two teams like Alavés and Barcelona that tonight (9:00 p.m. Movistar LaLiga) meet in Mendizorroza. those of beggar They are in the relegation zone and their service record invites pessimism, Barça cannot get much chest either. With infinitely more resources than your opponent, your situation is also critical. The Blaugrana team is the closest thing to the pandemic curve: when it seems that it is going to improve and there is hope, it gets worse. But there comes a point where excuses are no longer valid. Barcelona is increasingly against the ropes. Failure in the Champions League, defeated by Madrid in the Super Cup and eliminated in the round of 16 of the Cup, all efforts are focused on adding three by three once and for all and besieging the Champions zone. Xavi recognized in the match preview that a victory is urgent and Vitoria It doesn’t seem like the most complicated place to get it, but this Barça hasn’t just started and their numbers away from home are enough to cry after half a season (follow the match live on As.com).

Agitation. After conceding six goals in the last two games, Xavi needs to shake up the team in some way. Without Ansu or Memphis and with Dembélé in the corner to think until further notice, Barça’s offensive potential is reduced to Luuk and Ferran and Pedri’s management, the light that guides the team.

On the Vitorian side they also have their thing. Mendilibar does not know the victory with the albiazul team. He tied with Real and Athletic and lost resoundingly against Real Betis this past Tuesday. The good feelings faded, partly because teams like Cádiz, Elche or Getafe are adding and opening some gap. Not to mention the Granada or the Celtic. There is concern in the club and the team must be reinforced as soon as possible, but if there are no exits, there will be no available chips to sign up. Two teams overwhelmed and without excuses.