Barcelona is holding a slim one-point lead over Atletico Madrid in the La Liga table. They’re playing Real Betis, who sit in 19th place in the table and despite it being a road game, Barcelona is expecting three points. Atletico Madrid is playing Villarreal, who are in fourth place and could get a draw or potentially a loss. This game could be an opportunity for Barcelona to build a larger lead.
Despite Barcelona’s success, new head coach Gerardo Martino has come under scrutiny for the style of play he has installed.
“I understand that there is criticism because we aren’t at the level we were a few years ago, but the style hasn’t changed at all – winning the ball back in your opponents’ half and then attacking quickly is not playing on the counter-attack,” Barcelona midfielder Xavi said, via ESPN FC.
“But it’s difficult, it depends on circumstances and what a game requires, but we aren’t changing our system, absolutely not. The team’s philosophy is untouchable and non-negotiable. That was Tata’s (Martino) message to us on his first day.”
Date: November 10
Start Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Sevilla, Spain
Stadium: Estadio Benito Villamarín
TV Info: beIN Sport USA, beIN Sport en Español
Live Stream: beIN Sport Play
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