Reserves out to emulate first team

Barça B, new match at Miniestadi / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Barça B entertain Cordoba at the Miniestadi this evening. It’s the second time Cordoba have visited Barcelona this season, having lost 5-0 in the Spanish Cup

After two unbeaten games, Eusebio’s team will be looking for a second successive home win

Parking restrictions at the Camp Nou

Because the game coincides with the first team’s game against Deportivo this Saturday, there are parking restrictions at the Camp Nou for fans who wish to visit the handball game at the Palau or the B team game at the Miniestadi and parking will not be possible within the stadium as is usual when the first team have a game.

The B team play at 18.00 this evening against one of the league’s leading teams, Cordoba – who are pressing for a place in the play-offs. For their part, Barça B have shrugged off the run of three defeats and taken four points from their last two games.

Cordoba have failed to win in each of their last four games and they need wins to keep up with the leading group and keep their chances open for promotion. The Andalucian team have not had a very successful time of it on the road this season, taking just 14 points from their 13 games away from home, with three wins, five defeats and five draws, scoring 14 goals and conceding 19.

In contrast, Barça B have taken 25 points at home, with seven wins, four draws and just three defeats and lead the scoring charts with 34 goals. Cordoba won the reverse fixture earlier this season and Eusebio Sacristán believes they are a rival to be reckoned with.

Praise from Cordoba manager

It’ll be a special game for the Cordoba player, Armando Lozano, who previously played for Barça B, who after moving away to Veracruz in Mexico has returned to Andalucia. He played in the Cup tie against Barça and admitted this week: “it’ll be special for me because I spent my last few years there. I’ll be up against people who I got to know there. I’ve got friends there and yes, it’ll be special for me”.

Unfortunately, Armando may miss the game, as he had to leave training with a knock after training on Wednesday. Cordoba boss Rafa Berges reckons Barça B are “a combative team who change a lot whether they play with a false number 9 or a real centre forward. They have a lot of quality and we need to concentrate and fight for possession of the ball”.