HUESCA, SPAIN – 13 APRIL: Ricard Puig of FC Barcelona is surrounded by SD Huesca players [] during the La Liga game between SD Huesca and FC Barcelona at the Estadio El Alcoraz on April 13th April 2019 in Huesca, Spain (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce / Getty Images)

Lionel Messi will strengthen his team by returning to the game on Sunday After a brief ankle injury, he joins the 750 Times at FC Barcelona against Huesca in the league

“Messi is fine and he is in training while the others were taking a break. He is sharp and ready,” Argentina head coach Ronald Koeman confirmed at his prematch conference yesterday, admitting that the Blaugrana at El Alcoraz are not can slip

“It’s a busy January with a lot of away games,” began the Dream Team Legend at this point. “[But] I have to be realistic because once we’re 12 points from the top we can’t lose any more points As long as the top teams are consistent, we can’t catch them”A lot of people lie and say things they don’t really think. I’m not going to say that we have a good chance of winning the league and we can’t afford to lose more games if we have a chance at all”

Goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen and defender Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglet, will try to help the troops keep up with leaders Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, the latter of which could have 13 points to kick off, Ronald Araujo and Sergino Dest left to right

In Koeman’s 4-2-3-1 system, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets are the double pivots to supply wingers Ousmane Dembele and Messi on both flanks

With Philippe Coutinho’s expected absence three months after surgery, central attacking midfielder Pedri is likely to get a longer run in the first team as he sits behind the only striker Martin Braithwaite to whom Antoine Griezmann agrees

FC Barcelona First XI: Stegen, Ter; Alba, Lenglet Araujo, Dest; De Jong, Busquets; Dembele, Pedri, Messi; Braithwaite

Although they haven’t lost their first game of a calendar year since 2015 when Real Sociedad beat them 1-0, Barca have fallen to newly promoted teams in the last two games but have never lost three trot to such outfits

Sixth place in the table and four points behind third-placed La Real, the win against Huesca and winning the two games in hand at the Basque can mean that the Catalans move up to the qualifying places of the Champions League

Now, after six years in São Paulo, Barcelona based, I have written extensively on these topics through preview and analysis while also covering match reports for

Now, after six years in São Paulo, Barcelona based, I have written extensively on these topics through preview and analysis and also covered match reports for tournaments like the Copa America. I not only write for Forbes Sports but also edit Yellow & Green Football: a website about Brazilian football that is part of the Guardian Sport Network and a partner of O Globo

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