“White-red” last season in the final table of the championship finished in eighth place, stopping a step away from participation in European competitions. During the season, the team did not show a stable game and for a certain period even was among the fighters for survival.
“Barcelona” is the current champion of Spain. There is no talk of repeating the result of the previous season in the domestic arena, but a serious goal has been set in the European arena – victory in the Champions League. According to the management of the club, if the team fails to become the owner of a prestigious trophy, then Ernesto Valverde will be fired.
The Catalan club had a good transfer campaign. The Blue Garnet broke up with 13 footballers, including Andre Gomes, Thomas Vermalen, Emerson de Souza, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Paco Alcacer. Lionel Messi and Neto will not play against Athletics due to injuries. Questionable by Jean-Claire Todibault and Frankie de Jong.