Barca seem to found the winning formula under Koeman, a march to Cadiz’s ground that will help them extend their impressive series of games.
As a rookie of La Liga this season, it is hard to believe that Cadiz are a better-ranked team than Barca after 11 rounds. The Andalusian side earned 15 points from 11 games, finished sixth and one point behind Barca.
Alvaro Cervera’s army is leaving a strong mark in the return season to the top level in Spain, most noting the victory over Real Madrid. However, recent form is showing a decline for this team, with only one point earned in the last three rounds.
In contrast, Barcelona are showing significant improvement over the alarming start to the season. In the last three games in all competitions, Blaugrana has won all three, scored 11 goals and conceded none.
It was the early qualification for the Champions League knockout stages that allowed Koeman to make reasonable adjustments to keep the pillars going. This allowed him to use the strongest squad during the visit in round 12.
As a result, the losses suffered by Barca in recent games will not affect their very high performance. Barca still lost centre-backs Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo to injury. But note that young talent Oscar Mingueza played very well when playing alongside Lenglet in 3 clean sheets of Barca.
With the above analysis, it can be confirmed that coach Koeman will win again tonight!
- Cadiz: Ledesma; Carcelen, Mauro, Fali, Espino; Garrido, Alex, Jonsson; Perea, Negredo, Sanchez
- Barca: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets; Dembele, Messi, Coutinho; Griezmann