Match Preview: Getafe v FC Barcelona

Neymar in action agianst Celta / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The blaugranes travel to Madrid to take on Fran Escribá’s side with Andrés Iniesta and Sergi Roberto back in the squad

Following on from their Copa del Rey debut this season in midweek against Villanovense, Barça return to league action on Saturday at 8.30pm CET with a visit to the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez to take on Getafe. The blaugranes have won their last two games in La Liga, at home to Rayo and Eibar, and will be looking for a third in a row against a Getafe side who have been impressive this season playing in front of their own fans.

Team news

Luis Enrique’s team trained for the final time on Friday before their trip to Madrid to take on Getafe. The Barça boss received good news with both Andrés Iniesta and Sergi Roberto declared fully fit after recent injuries. Both were named in an 18 man squad that is still missing the injured Leo Messi and Rafinha. Also missing are Douglas after the Brazilian broke a bone in his foot in the 0-0 draw against Villanovense in the Cup in midweek and Javier Mascherano, the Argentine serving the first of a two game ban for his dismissal in the 3-1 win over Eibar last weekend. The full squad is as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Piqué, Dani Alves, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Vermaelen, Mathieu, Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta, Gumbau, Munir, Sandro, Suárez and Neymar.

Getafe coach Fran Escribá will be without defender Vigaray for the visit of Barça after he was sent off in the 5-0 defeat last weekend away at Sevilla. Also missing will be midfielder Álvaro Medrán due to injury and former Espanyol striker Álvaro Vázquez will have a late fitness test after having been troubled with a hamstring problem all week in training.

Coaches’ viewpoint

Barça boss Luis Enrique appeared before the press ahead on Friday ahead of the trip to Getafe. The Asturian was delighted with the return of Iniesta and Sergi Roberto and revealed that “if they are in the squad then they could start.”

Getafe manager Escribá also spoke to the media on Friday, admitting that Barça’s missing players did not make his team’s task any easier: “We have a chance to win if we play well although against Barça a draw is a great result, nevertheless, we will be ambitious tomorrow.”

Form guide

The blaugranes have won both league matches since the recent international break, the latest a 3-1 win over Eibar courtesy of a Luis Suárez hat-trick. Away from home, Luis Enrique’s side have lost their last two matches in the league (Celta, Sevilla) and will be keen to avoid a third successive defeat on the road, something that has not happened since 2002. Nevertheless, the blaugranes are still level on points with leaders Real Madrid in La Liga after picking 21 points from their first nine games of the league season.

Getafe have won their last three home games in a row, defeating Málaga, Levante and Las Palmas without conceding a single goal. Fran Escribá’s team have lost just once in the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in the league this season and that came on the opening day of the campaign against Granada. Last weekend Getafe suffered a heavy defeat going down 5-0 at Sevilla, a result that leaves them in 13th place in the table on 10 points.

History

Barça have only ever lost twice to Getafe in 22 league meetings in the top flight with both defeats coming in the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. The most recent reverse came in 2011/12 when Juan Valera’s goal gave the home side a 1-0 victory. Barça have won on five of their last seven visits in the league to Getafe, although last season they were held to a 0-0 draw on the outskirts of Madrid.

Coverage

No matter where you are in the world we have you covered. And remember, you can enjoy live commentary in English on Radio Barça. The link will appear at fcbarcelona.com just before kick-off. Twitter users can follow @FCBarcelona for a live feed of all the action.

The manager believes the team has improved in attack and feels the point gap between Real Madrid is irrelevant going int

Luis Enrique discusses upcoming opponents Getafe / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The manager believes the team has improved in attack and feels the point gap between Real Madrid is irrelevant going into El Clasico

Luis Enrique spoke to the press ahead of Saturday’s league match against Getafe in Week 10 of La Liga. The FC Barcelona manager acknowledged the opponents’ good defensive organisation as well as the traditional difficulties of playing at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.

The team from Madrid made an unconvincing start to the campaign but have since won three home games on the bounce without conceding any goals. “Statistics are there to be broken, but they reflect the level of difficulty we are up against,” said Luis Enrique regarding Getafe’s recent good form.

Ahead of the game, Barça were boosted by the return of Andrés Iniesta  and Sergi Roberto to the squad, and the manager stated that “if they are in the squad then they could start.”

Luis Enrique was also asked several questions about the upcoming Clasico on 21 November. The Asturian denied the significance of going into the big game against Real Madrid ahead or behind on points, affirming that “I am only interested in being champion. Entering the Clasico with three points more than Real Madrid or three points to me is irrelevant”.

In front of goal

“We have improved in front of goal in recent weeks and we continue to create plenty of chances. It is something that we are not worried about.”

“I would be delighted for Munir or Sandro to score, but we are not worried about it. I believe that for them it is important to gain minutes in order to develop and, even if they have not scored, they have been involved in the goals.”

When and where to watch Getafe v FC Barcelona

GETAFE - FC BARCELONA
The Catalans visit the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in search of maximum points (8.30pm CET)

FC Barcelona travel to the capital to take on Getafe on Saturday 31 October (kick off 8.30pm CET) at Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.

Luis Enrique’s side take on Getafe who currently occupy 13th spot in the league table at a ground which traditionally poses problems for the Catalans, as was the case last year where the two teams played out a goalless draw.

Hopefully this guide will help you find somewhere to watch the match on TV, but If you can’t, don’t worry. Here at the club website and on our social networks we’ll keep you up to date with everything that is happening, and we have live English commentary for you on Radio Barça:

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Saturday, 31 October

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Latin America – Mexico City (1:30 PM) / Bogota (2:30 PM) / Santiago (4:30 PM) / Buenos Aires (4:30 PM)

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Brazil – Brasília (5:30 PM)

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United Kingdom – London (7:30 PM)

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France – Paris (8:30 PM)

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Turkey – Istanbul (10:30 PM)

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Russia – Moscow (10:30 PM)

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Middle East – Doha (10:30 PM)

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Sunday, 1 November

Índia – Nova Delhi (1:00 AM)

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Indonesia – Jakarta (2:30 AM)

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China – Beijing (3:30 AM)

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Japan – Tokyo (4:30 AM)

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Australia – Sydney (6:30 AM)

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Muricy Ramalho makes bold prediction on Neymar

Muricy Ramalho describes how impressed he is with the way FC Barcelona is organised / Miguel Ruiz-FCB
The Brazilian coach visits the club and claims his compatriot will one day be considered the best player in the world. He’s been thoroughly impressed by FC Barcelona too!

Former Santos manager Muricy Ramalho has been visiting FC Barcelona this week to learn more about how the club works. Currently without a coaching position, he is in Europe observing the methods of a number of different clubs, and says that “it’s a dream to have been able to learn about the structure and secrets of a winning club like Barça. Neymar’s family have helped me to do this.”

Ramalho was already highly familiar with Barça, but felt compelled to say that “the organisation is what has surprised me most … And the mentality, culture and most of all professionalism. In Europe they are much more professional than they are in Brazil”.

Neymar’s future

The Sao Paulo star of the seventies also described how he himself encouraged his former charge Neymar Jr to join Barça. “His father asked me what the best options were” he revealss. “And I said he should go to Barça because they play a similar kind of football here to what he was used to back home. And I think he made the right choice”.

Two seasons later, and Ramalho is still convinced that “one day he’ll be regarded as the best player in the world. He’s being patient. He’s getting himself ready and there’s a whole structure behind him to ensure that he becomes the future leader of FC Barcelona”.

Lasting impressions

The chance to explore the Ciutat Esportiva from within is something Ramalho intends to recommend to his colleagues back in Brazil. “It is very important for a coach to get experiences like this” he explains. “If any boss gets the chance to come here, then I am sure that they’ll go away very happy.”

He also got to see Barça as they beat Eibar 3-1. “It was a really good game” he said afterwards. “I’m a huge fan of Barça and always try to catch their games on TV, especially now that Neymar is here. They really are a very skilful team, well-organised and they have very well informed supporters. It really has been great to be here.”

He has also been thoroughly impressed by the city of Barcelona, saying that “what I like best is the tranquillity. It’s a very peaceful city, nothing like where I am from. Living in Sao Paulo is crazy. Here the people are polite, they drive carefully and the food is wonderful. It’s the same all around Europe, things are so well organised.”