FC Barcelona will host Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou on Spotify this Saturday for the 35th match of La Liga Santander (9:00 PM ET, 9:00 PM CEST). This will be the first game for the Blaugrana after being crowned champions and in which Sergio Busquets will lift the title in front of the fans, so there is no pressure now and Xavi Hernandez will be able to make more changes to his line-up to give his players the rest.
Against Real, according to journalist Javier Miguel’s information, there are possibilities that several ‘heavyweights’ will go without playing or, at least, they start from the bench. It is worth remembering that Gavi will not be present as he saw his fifth yellow card (in the last eight matches) at the RCDE Stadium and it is up to him to punish. The Sevillian will not be part of the squad, while other players like Ronald Araújo and Pedri Gonzalez could be rested.
Pedri and Araújo, substitute at Camp Nou?
According to the above source, after playing practically everything in recent weeks, there are many possibilities that both players will remain on the bench. Araújo, since coming back from injury following the World Cup, has been irreplaceable for the Egrense coach and has become the team’s top defensive leader, playing either as a center back or right back.
Since ‘resting’ due to suspension during a trip to San Mames in mid-March, the Uruguayan defender has made nine consecutive starts with 771 minutes of action between games. He played 90′ innings against Real Madrid, Girona, Getafe, Atlético de Madrid, Rayo Vallecano, Real Betis and Osasuna, 78′ against Elche and 63′ against Espanyol.
Padre, without rest since his return
In the 20-year-old midfielder’s case, the Catalans have moved slowly amid his return after more than two months in the infirmary due to a rectus femoris injury in his right thigh. He returned during Atlético de Madrid’s visit to the Camp Nou and played half an hour in the second half, but has made four consecutive starts since then. Only he wasn’t substituted against Osasuna, but it is necessary to give him pause knowing that he has been overcome by his physical ailments in the past.