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Eusebio Sacristán during a training session with the reserve side /PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

Barça B trained at the Ciutat Esportiva Sant Joan Despí for the last time before heading off to A Coruña. Eusebio Sacristán’s men finalized preparations for the upcoming match against Deportivo de la Coruña (18:00, Esport3). “It will be an attractive match, we’re very motivated for it. We’re excited about the prospect of doing a good job and earning a victory,” said Sacristán.

Analysis of the rival

The reserve team coach talked about Deportivo’s style of play, which is similar to Barça B’s: “this is a good thing that can help us develop our play during the game, but we’re going up against a great squad. They are a team the dominates every aspect of play; they are dynamic, experienced and are a quality team.” The team led by José Luis Oltra hasn’t lost in eight matches: “they are on form and that gives them a lot of confidence and security in everything that they do. However, it also gives us motivation to come away with a win and to continue our good run,” Sacristán explained.

Despite the advantage that Deportivo enjoys in the standings (they are first), Barça B will try their best to come away with a win by imposing their style of play: “we have to play our game wherever we play. [The Riazor] is a ground where we will take advantage of all of our virtues,” said the manager. He also promised that it will be an exciting match for supporters: “all of the circumstances and possibilities are there for this to be a great game. The team that does the best job will come away with the victory.”

Finally, Sacristán talked about Valerón, who talked to fcbarcelona.com this week: “it’s enjoyable to watch his games. He moves around the pitch with elegance and intelligence and that’s beautiful to see. It’s an honour for him to say those things about me during the interview.”

Carmona gets the medical all-clear

Dos Santos and Sergi Roberto are back in the squad, while Muniesa, Montoya and Bartra will miss out on the clash because they’ve been called up to the first team this weekend by Josep Guardiola. Carmona received the medical all-clear, however, Ilie and Miño, who underwent surgery this Friday, will miss the match. “We’ve switched up a couple of players because of the first team’s demands, we’ll have to make some changes to the line-up. We have a quality group,” said Sacristán.


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