Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Huesca vs. Barcelona - Football Match Report

Huesca vs. Barcelona - Football Match Report

Giving an update on the injury, Valverde said: "I spoke to him and he is fine, but it was a hard knock".

In their place, Valverde gave playing time to several young players.

Defender Jean-Clair Todibo and 20-year-old Senegal worldwide Moussa Wague were handed first-team debuts, with midfielder Riqui Puig and Jeison Murillo also coming in for starts.

"He didn't play for four weeks but he will be able to participate in this game", Valverde said.

A player like Lionel Messi has always attracted eyeballs, regardless of where he goes and what form he may have been in.

Barcelona now sit at the summit of the LaLiga table, nine points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid and 14 points ahead of third-placed Real Madrid.

With the league title seemingly locked up with only six rounds left, Valverde put his focus on United's visit on Tuesday.

The LaLiga club returned from Manchester with a 1-0 advantage, giving them a useful cushion as they look to seal their progression at Camp Nou on Tuesday.

Barcelona's dominance in Spain has been shaped by Messi, who only this month overtook Iker Casillas as the player with the most La Liga victories, 335, in its history. "The Champions League is what everyone is dreaming about".

Barcelona were even said to have offered a player Malcom for the possibility of signing Willian, but all their efforts were futile. But Huesca's Roberto Santamaria stretched his leg just enough to push Dembele's shot wide, moments before he palmed Jeison Murillo's header over his bar.

"Yes, there will be changes [to the team], but let's not forget we still need 10 points to be champions".

However, with neither side finding the cutting edge, the encounter ended goalless as Huesca grab a crucial point in their hopes for survival.

"Therefore, when I hear that for Juventus the league is easy, no, because Juventus plays the same games as other teams, then the head-to-head games you may win three, lose two, draw one, that's a different story, but the difference in the league is made with the other teams".

These teams met in November, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic found the back of the net in the 2-0 win for Juventus at Allianz Stadium.

Sevilla edged Real Betis 3-2 in an entertaining Seville derby.

But SPAL held on to move up to 13th, seven points above the drop zone, having already beaten Champions League-chasing Lazio and Roma.

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