With Barcelona set to take on SD Huesca in a formality contest to confirm the Blaugrana advancing to the Copa Del Rey quarterfinals, here's a few key things you should keep in mind while watching the game tomorrow:
Take It Seriously
Sure, it's easier said than done, especially after the 4-0 win away from home that basically eliminated Huesca two weeks ago. The match can easily be seen as unimportant by both players and fans, but this is still a competitive game. Which means that Barça still need to compete, play hard, break a good sweat and please the Camp Nou crowd with a good performance. A manita would be nice.
Take Advantage of The Opportunity
Coach Luis Enrique will almost certainly field an alternative lineup for the match, which will give some valuable minutes to players who haven't seen that much action so far. Sergi Roberto is the last midfield option when all guys are available, but tomorrow he'll probably have a chance to start and impress his boss. Rafinha Alcântara might also play a good number of minutes, and his stock can also rise with a good showing on Tuesday. Pedro Rodríguez has shown improvement lately, and if he gets to play, he can also use the opportunity to gain more confidence, for himself and from Lucho.
Barça B players like Sergi Samper, Munir El-Haddadi and Sandro Ramírez will also get a chance to play, and their chances of promotion can increase if the three are able to perform well tomorrow.
But perhaps the one player who is almost obligated to put in a good performance is Douglas Pereira. He's still adapting to the new team, the new city, and the new culture. But the time has come for him to put together a good enough performance to give everybody hope that he can be great after Dani Alves leaves. There will be no big pressure to win, which could make him more comfortable and calm on the pitch. If he plays well, Luis Enrique and the Barça faithful might start to see him with different eyes.
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