When Barcelona continues their La Liga campaign away to Valencia on Saturday night, they will be trying to put their midweek Champions League disappointment behind them.
The Catalan team is now in second place in the standings, three points behind Real Madrid, while Valencia is in ninth place after 11 games, having amassed 15 points.
Valencia has struggled in their last three seasons, finishing ninth, thirteenth, and fourth. Gennaro Gattuso is the manager in charge of guiding the Spanish powerhouses toward a return to European football after Valencia finished fourth in back-to-back seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Only one of Los Che’s past five league victories—at Osasuna on October 7—has been a victory.
Barcelona’s European campaign was a major failure, but their La Liga campaign has started off well. They have won nine, drawn one, and lost one of their first 11 games to total 28 points, placing them second in the standings, three points behind Real Madrid.
With 28 goals scored this season, Xavi’s team is tied for the most in Spain’s top flight, and they have the best defensive record in the division with just four goals allowed. A win today would, at least temporarily, tie them on points.
Valencia has actually lost their past three La Liga games against Barcelona, with their last victory over the Catalan team coming in January 2020 by a score of 2-0.