A brand new La Liga season begins with Barcelona visiting Athletic Bilbao at Estadio de San Mamés on Friday at 3:00 PM ET. Lionel Messi is questionable for Barça however they’re nonetheless heavy favorites to return out on prime.
Athletic Bilbao Did Not Enhance Their Crew
Athletic Bilbao has not signed new gamers but. The crew’s solely additions have been the return of gamers that have been on mortgage and the promotion of expertise from their youth academy. This can be a crew that wishes to battle for a spot within the UEFA Europa League subsequent season and Iturraspe, Mikel Rico and Susaeta are all gone so that they have till the tip of the month to discover a solution to strengthen their roster.
Athletic Bilbao’s preseason outcomes have been combined, they’d respectable showings towards Borussia Mönchengladbach, West Ham United and Roma however they struggled towards Paderborn, Numancia and Racing de Santander.
Will Neymar Come Again?
Barça added Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong and Junior Firpo however the massive query is, will they get Neymar? Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens of ESPN FC reported that the crew supplied €100 million, Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic for Neymar final Tuesday and it stays to be seen if Paris Saint-Germain accepts their proposal.
Neymar needs to affix FC Barcelona however PSG initially averted promoting him to them and Actual Madrid can be after the Brazilian striker.
Lionel Messi continues to be recovering from a calf damage suffered throughout a coaching session on August 5 and his standing for Friday is up within the air. Messi missed Barça’s preseason tour to the USA and head coach Ernesto Valverde stated it was laborious to see Messi coming back from damage towards Athletic Bilbao.
Athletic Bilbao has not crushed FC Barcelona at dwelling since 2013, registering 4 wins and a draw. Can the house crew get at the least a draw like final 12 months? Enjoying at San Mamés is tough for anybody, particularly to open a brand new season however ultimately, Barça has 10 straight opening day wins and simply too many weapons on offense, even when Messi is out and they need to prevail in an in depth, low-scoring affair.
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