Barcelona will face a coaching team for the third time this season. He did so against Valencia, who had just thrown Out Marcellin and put Albert Celades on the bench, also against Celta, who arrived at Camp Nou with an Oscar García practically newly arrived, and now he will do the same with Espanyol, who after firing Machín, bets on ‘Pitu’ Abelardo on the bench.
Obviously starting a new project facing FC Barcelona is a real litming test for anyone. Celades was awarded five goals (5-2) in his debut for Valencia and Oscar Garcia, four (4-1) in his first match on the bench against Celta. Fortunately, the former was able to straighten the course in time and now Valencia begins to give returns to the work of the former coach of the sub’21, while the second is suffering the unspeakable to leave the descent zone to be right now four points from salvation, which marks the Mallorca.
*Data updated as of January 2, 2020
Well, now it’s a turn for Abelardo, who will debut against Barcelona in his new adventure with Espanyol. The former coach of Alavés has the advantage that debuts at home, although that aspect this season is certainly anecdotal, being the white team the worst at home of all LaLiga: after playing nine games he has not yet added any victories, with a total of two draws and seven losses.
In addition, in his individual matches against Barca, both in Sporting de Gijón and in Alavés, his balance on the bench has been six defeats in six matches, with a total of 21 goals against by two in favor.
It is also the fact that the three coaches who have debuted their position playing against Barcelona have had a past as a former Blaugrana. A fact that didn’t help the first two much to say. We will see what happens now with the third, which debuts against Barca de Valverde next Saturday.