Barça B out to show what sets them apart in the Catalan derby

The Barça B players celebrating a goal /PHOTO: ARXIU FCB
The Barça B side will take on Sabadell this Satruday (18:00, Esport3) in the Catalan derby; both teams are level on points

Eusebio Sacristán: “we’re going to play against a team the have different arguments, options, than many of the teams in Segunda A”

Barça B and Sabadell are in a very similar situation. Both teams play similar styles of football and they both have 35 points in the Liga. The Barça reserve side nor Lluís Carreras‘ team were able to beat their respective rivals last week. For this reason, Saturday’s match will mark the differences between the two Catalan sides.

Barça B wants to play a “good game”

The team led by Eusebio Sacristán comes into the Catalan match-up after drawing in Huelva against Recreativo. However, of the 13 games played away from the Mini, the Azulgranas have only lost 5 so far. Even so, the Barça manager said that his team is ready “to play a good game.” In fact, all the Barça B players are available with the exception of Miño and Ilie, who are both injured. Eusebio will also be missing Tello, Sergi Roberto, Muniesa, and Bartra, all of whom have been with the first team all week.

However, in the first half of the season, on October 1, Sabadell won at the Miniestadi by 0-1. The goal was scored by Juvenal after 40 minutes of play; the goal proved decisive in the Catalan derby that day. Barça B’s most offensive player was Tello, who now plays with the first team. On the day, however, Sabadell boasted a high position in the table: “we were under construction and we didn’t have consistency,” said Sacristán on the first match.

Sabadell, a strong rival

Despite being level on points with Barça B, Sabadell currently sits in the 14th spot of the standings. They have only lost two game at home, against Valladolid and Córdoba, and they’re currently on a four-match unbeaten run at home. However, they lost their last match against Hércules this past weekend by 1-0.

“We’re going to play against a team that have different arguments, options, than many of the teams in Segunda A. They play similarly to us, it will be necessary to compete for possession and control of the game,” said Sacristán, who also highlighted the differences between the two sides: “they, when they don’t have the ball, are accustomed to defend as a group in the back, while we go out all look for our rival.”