After a hamstring injury, the 32 years old defender Javier Mascherano, returned to light training on 19th of February.
Barcelona’s player had missed the last two club games against Paris Saint-Germain and Alaves, because of his inability to take part, picking an injury of the Copa del Rey semi-final clash against Atletico Madrid (7 February).
Arda Turan, who also has not played in the last two games, due to a groyne problem, participated in training on Saturday as well. The unused replacement in a match against Alaves, Carles Alena, continues to work with the first-team after he had been chosen for the last Saturday’s squad.
Sunday morning will be the day, in which Barcelona will announce their official squad for the visit of Leganes, a team placed in the 17th position in the table. The suspended Sergio Busquets will not be involved in the squad either.
The low performance of Barcelona in the match against Paris Saint-Germain, helped the French champions secure a place in the first leg of their last 16 clashes with a 4-0 win.
The blame, which came from the defensive midfielder of Barcelona – Sergio Busquets, and their captain Andres Iniesta in the aftermath of that defeat, was that the tactics of Louis Enrique are the reason for the loss.
No longer after the Saturday’s training session, Barcelona’s boss had spoken with the press, shrugging off the blames.
He stated that it does not matter, as he just came out here and made his statements. For everything else, he will speak privately with his players. They always try to find the positive side of things, the rest he leaves to the press to come up with.
Following the last information, the current position of Barcelona is just a point behind the League table’s leaders, Real Madrid. The thing that Barcelona should fear is the advantage of Real’s participation in the Club World Cup last year. Otherwise, Zinedine Zidane has two games more to play in this season.
Zinedine Zidane, the head coach of the Spanish leaders of the rank list Real Madrid, is pleased to be in the one team, which is pulling the trigger against Barcelona. The last two results of the Spanish team Real Madrid, are more than delightful. They have won against Real Sociedad with a 3-0 and a 2-0 victory against Espanyol.
After an equal number of goals within Barca and Real Betis (1-1), and the loss of Sevilla against Espanyol, both football teams are dropping their points. By that time, Zinedine Zidane scores against Real Sociedad, with his reasons are that it gives them additional motivation when they see that one of their rivals is dropping points, according to Zidane. It makes them even more eager to do the job, and that is something they have already talked about. The most important thing was to focus on themselves, making their way to victory.
The motivation of Zidane mainly comes from the equal score of Barcelona, which is happening after 39 unbeaten run. That score brings Real Madrid three points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga, and one game in hand.