Barcelona tries to get Spanish league marketing campaign again on observe

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MADRID (AP) — To this point, so good for Barcelona within the Champions League. Now it’s time to get again on observe within the Spanish league.

The two-1 win over Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday left Barcelona comfortably forward in Group G of the Champions League with 9 factors from three matches. However the scenario may be very completely different at house, the place the Catalan membership bought off to a lackluster begin beneath coach Ronald Koeman.

Barcelona enters its match towards Actual Betis on Saturday in twelfth place within the standings and coming off a four-match winless streak. Amongst its poor outcomes was a house loss towards Actual Madrid within the first “clásico” of the season.

The membership has eight factors from six matches and at present trails chief Actual Sociedad by 9, though it has two video games in hand. Atlético Madrid has additionally performed six matches however already is six factors forward of Barcelona, whereas Madrid is eight factors in entrance with just one recreation in hand.

“We’ve a great dynamic going within the Champions League, however we have to change issues within the Spanish league,” veteran Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué mentioned after the win over Dynamo on the Camp Nou. “I’m satisfied that we will do it. We’re in good spirits. We have to begin profitable matches to achieve confidence and hold bettering.”

Barcelona is making an attempt to maintain Madrid from profitable back-to-back league titles for the primary time since 2007-08. The membership hasn’t completed behind Atlético within the standings for the reason that Madrid workforce received the title for the final time in 2013-14.

Opposite to Barcelona, Actual Madrid started the 12 months thriving within the league and struggling within the Champions League. It visits Valencia on Sunday searching for its sixth win within the final seven league matches. It had been winless within the European competitors till defeating Inter Milan 3-2 on Tuesday to get again in place to advance.

“We all know it’s going to be troublesome to win all through the season as a result of there are not any straightforward video games,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane mentioned. “I don’t see some other workforce profitable each recreation comfortably, however we all know that once we play as a workforce we’re robust to beat.”

Atlético is coming off a draw at Lokomotiv Moscow within the Champions League on Tuesday however has received three in a row within the league, the place it stays the one unbeaten workforce. The workforce simply signed French-born midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia from Valencia to enhance its midfield after the departure of Thomas Partey to Arsenal. On Saturday, Atlético hosts promoted Cádiz, which is in fifth place and is unbeaten in 5 matches.

Actual Sociedad, the early chief boosted by the signing of David Silva from Manchester Metropolis, hosts sixth-place Granada on Sunday seeking to win its fifth league recreation in a row.

Piqué mentioned it was anticipated for Barcelona to wrestle after coming off considered one of its worst seasons in a long time, its first with out a title since 2007-08. The membership has been in turmoil for the reason that embarrassing 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in final season’s Champions League. Since then, Lionel Messi requested to go away and president Josep Bartomeu and his board of administrators resigned.

Profitable the Champions League has been amongst Barcelona’s priorities. The membership final received the European trophy in 2015.

“It received’t be straightforward this 12 months however a minimum of we have now the boldness that we will obtain large issues,” Piqué mentioned. “It’s solely November, there’s a number of season left.”

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