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The restart of LaLiga is just around the corner, and here are 10 things to bear in mind when Barça return to action on June 13 against RCD Mallorca:
1) Five substitutions.
To counteract the effects of a packed calendar and possible high temperatures, in the 11 remaining matches of the season teams will be permitted to make up to five substitutions (two more than normal).
2) 23-man squads
Up until now, LaLiga squads allowed a maximum of 18 players. However, as a response to the allowing of 5 substitutes, the maximum squad list size has been increased to 23.
3) Lenglet suspended.
One of the players who will not feature in the squad to face Mallorca will be Clement Lenglet, who was shown his fifth yellow card of the season in the game against Real Sociedad, just before the enforced break in the campaign.
4) 98 days without Barça.
Since that game against against Real Sociedad, 98 days will have passed when Barça finally return against Mallorca. The last fixture at the Camp Nou will have been 101 days prior, when the team took on Leganés on March 16.
5) Another long period of inactivity
Back in 1939, the end of the Spanish Civil War, Barça had gone 172 days without football: From a 3-1 win against Martinenc on January 8, to a 9-1 triumph over Athletic on June 29.
6) The psychological side
Of the 11 remaining games, five will be played at home. There will be changes to the atmosphere, however, as the team will have to play behind closed doors.
7) Kick-off time for Mallorca vs. Barça: Saturday June 13 at 10pm CEST
Find out international K.O. times and broadcasters to follow Barça's first game back.
8) A return to Son Moix.
FC Barcelona will visit Mallorca for the first time in almost 8 years. The most recent away game there was back in 2012/13, when Barça won 2-4 and Messi overtook Pelé's record of 75 goals in a calendar year.
9) Highscoring Barça
FC Barcelona's attack leads the way in LaLiga. With 63 goals, they are the team to have hit the target on the most occasions. Leo Messi is currently the top scorer in the Primera División, having scored 19 times, and also heads the assists chart with 12.
10) The title race
Before the league resumes, Barça hold a 2-point advantage over Real Madrid in the table. This is the calendar for both clubs in what remains of the season.. A frenetic finale is expected in the remainder of 2019/20.
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