With or without Lionel Messi, Barcelona ready for Celta challenge


Barcelona will travel to Vigo in order to face Celta in round 29 of La Liga on Sunday. While the club currently sits four points ahead of historical rivals Real Madrid at the top of the table, anything but giving the upcoming match their full attention could prove to be a costly mistake.

Celta are currently 11th in the league, actually closer to challenging for European places than fighting their way out of the relegation battle. Their relatively comfortable position directly responds to the attractive style of football proposed by their manager, former Argentinean international Eduardo Berizzo. When Celta managed to walk away with a 1-0 victory at the Camp Nou earlier in the season, it was definitely thanks to their ambitious approach.

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As a result, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique must ensure that all of his players are mentally prepared for a challenging evening in Galicia. The Catalan club's superiority in terms of ... Read my full "Messi's potential absence shouldn't deter Barcelona against Celta" here.

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