FC Barcelona will be up against Real Betis as they aim to extend their league at the top of the table in the La Liga (Spain’s top flight football league) on Sunday at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona.
Ahead of the match, Coach Ernesto Valverde, on Saturday warned that Real Betis would not be an easy opponent in their upcoming La Liga match, while he defended his decision to exclude forward Ousmane Dembele from the squad.
La Liga defending champion Barça, which leads the Spanish league standings with 24 points, is set to host 14th-placed Betis on Sunday, reports Efe.
“It’s an important game against a team that tries to keep you from playing your game,” the Spanish coach said at a press conference.
“We both want to control possession,” Valverde added.
The coach justified his decision to leave Dembele out of the squad, insisting that he tries to do the best for his team and club.
Valverde pointed out that sometimes some players are called up, while sometimes others are excluded from the squad and the absence of Dembele was not a punishment.
Dembele was absent from training on Thursday, while the forward exercised apart from the group on Friday.
Although the coach stressed that Dembele has “incredible talent” and is “a great player,” Valverde did not want to give details about this absence because it was “an internal issue.”
Valverde said he was delighted with the return of both Lionel Messi and Samuel Umtiti, who got his medical discharge on Saturday after missing several matches in the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League due to injury. (IANS Inputs)
Here’s all you need to know regarding the Barcelona vs Real Betis fixture:
When will the Barcelona vs Real Betis match in La Liga 2018-19 start?
The Barcelona vs Real Betis match will start at 7:45 PM IST on 11th November, Saturday night.
Where will the Barcelona vs Real Betis match in La Liga 2018-19 take place?
The Barcelona vs Real Betis match will take place at Santiago Bernabeu.
Which channel will telecast Barcelona vs Real Betis match in La Liga 2018-19?
Sony ten network will broadcast the La Liga match.
Where can I live stream Barcelona vs Real Betis match in La Liga 2018-19 online in India for free?
All the La Liga matches are live streamed on La Liga’s official Facebook page for completely free and, the Sony LIV, Jio app and website.