El Barça Regal en un temps mort del partit contra el Gran Canària / FOTO: Arxiu FCB

Xavi Pascual’s men will take on Fuenlabrada this Sunday in the Liga Endesa’s Matchday 21. The on-form FCB Regal side is going into the match after securing passage to the quarterfinals of the Euroleague this Thursday as Goup H leaders after beating Bennet Cantú by only one point (62-63). Xavi Rabaseda talked about the importance of the team’s midweek victory: “I’m sure it will help us going forward as we play Liga matches.”

FC Barcelona Regal also needs to win to forget last Sunday’s defeat to Real Madrid in the King’s Cup final. The Azulgranas need to beat Fuenlabrada if they want to continue atop the Liga standings (Barça leads Madrid by one victory).

Barça, unbeaten at the Palau

The teams led by Pascual and Porfirio Fisac have played against each other 13 times at the Palau Balugrana, the balance couldn’t be more favourable for the Catalan side: FCB has won each and every match, most of them by a difference of 20 points. On 3 occasions Barça beat Fuenlabrada by 30 points or more, and by 20 points on 7 occasions. In the 1998/99 season the game between the two sides was close, however, when Barça won by one solitary point.

Despite the history between the two sides, the Azulgrana side will face their rivals knowing that victories are won on the court. “The team is doing well, we’ll see how well they are doing - we’re preparing [for this match] to the maximum,” said Rabaseda after Friday’s training session. He added: “the most important thing is to remain at the top of the table.”

Historic day for Navarro

The FCB captain will play tomorrow’s match with a bit of an added incentive. Juan Carlos Navarro is only two three-pointers from reaching the 900 mark in the ACB, a feat only Alberto Herreros has been able to achieve

Besides the guaranteed intensity that the Barça captain will bring to the match, the team has another good piece of good news, Kosta Perovic will be back in squad. On the other hand, Chuck Eidson will miss the match due to the injury he picked up in the Cup.

Present for Rabaseda

A victory over Fuenlabrada would be a good present for Xavi Rabaseda, who turned 23 on the 24th of February. The player celebrated his birthday with the team during the training session ahead of Sunday’s match. “I didn’t do anything different, I only came and trained and met up with my teammates, I celebrated [my birthday] afterward,” said the player.