After reaching the Champions League semifinals this past week, FC Barcelona begins the hunt for another treble on Saturday vs Real Sociedad.
FC Barcelona is currently on top of the world after reaching the Champions League semifinals this week, but they could bag La Liga vs Real Sociedad on Saturday too.
The Catalan club is doing everything in their power to finish the season with the third treble in their history.
Manager Ernesto Valverde is about to embark on a journey to lift all the trophies with this legendary squad led by Lionel Messi, who is included on the call-up list for this game.
The boss just spoke about the importance that this game has for Barcelona’s intentions of winning La Liga early, this will give his important players a little room to breathe.
The gaffer called all his best players for this match and he will use the best possible starting XI that will secure him the title just six matches before the end of the season.
Being able to lift the trophy early means that the manager will also get a good chance to play some of the youngest academy products during the final five matches of the season.
Valverde is already thinking about the project he will lead next season and he has to decide which youngsters he is going to keep and which he is going to discard.
Our squad for #BarçaRealSociedad
1. Ter Stegen
2. N. Semedo
4. I. Rakitic
11. O. Dembélé
18. Jordi Alba
20. S. Roberto
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 20, 2019
Real Sociedad has always proven to be a challenging opponent when they play against Barcelona in Anoeta, but Camp Nou is a very different story.
The last time FC Barcelona didn’t win at home against the Donostiarra was way back in 1995 when Johan Cruyff still coached the club.
The local squad got a 1-1 draw in that match, the rest of games since then have all been Barcelona’s victories.
This positive record invites all the Catalan club’s fans to believe that winning La Liga is only a matter of hours.
This would be the first of three very important steps that the Blaugrana will have to take this season in order to get a hat-trick of trebles.
We are aware that defeating Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals will prove to be a massive task for them, but we need to take this step by step.
Everything seems set for the Catalan club to get the first out of three titles today, then we can begin thinking about the other two competitions.
Manager Ernesto Valverde has done a much better job with the squad this season compared to the last one, he’s also utilized Lionel Messi a lot better now.
The Argentine player also has some extra motivation for today that we’ll discuss in this article.
The Thinker has evolved. pic.twitter.com/CmdZ1UPWtT
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 19, 2019
Messi can also reach 600 goals
We inevitably move to the never-ending comparison between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for this Saturday.
We previously wrote about the Portuguese player’s chance of reaching 600 club goals today if he scores one goal against Fiorentina.
However, we didn’t mention that Messi is also very close to scoring the same number of goals on the same day as Ronaldo.
According to WhoScored, the Argentine already has an impressive 597 club goals with FC Barcelona alone.
This obviously means that Messi only needs a hat-trick in order to achieve this milestone that would come two years earlier than Cristiano Ronaldo.
We don’t mean to compare the two greatest players who ever lived but their actions are the ones that keep bringing us back to drawing comparisons.
Should both players reach their milestone later today, all the headlines will talk about the same thing.
Lionel Messi will reach the same number of club goals than Ronaldo a bit sooner than the Portuguese player did.
Numbers don’t lie, Leo has surpassed the Portuguese player in this specific stat and there is nothing the CR7 fanboys can do about it.
— Football Transfers⚽️ (@Transfers) April 19, 2019
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