Defensive issues remain a concern for Barcelona

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Barcelona slipped to their first La Liga defeat of the season in midweek, going down to a shock 2-1 loss to struggling Leganes.

Ernesto Valverde’s side remain top of the table, as Real Madrid slipped to a 3-0 defeat away at Sevilla, but he will be concerned with their leakiness in defence.

The defending La Liga champions have now failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four domestic games, including wins over Huesca and Real Sociedad, a draw with Girona and the loss to Leganes.

The former Athletic Bilbao boss has rotated his back four in those games, with injuries and suspensions forcing his hand at times.

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La Liga Weekend Picks – Round 7

muniainThere is an action-packed few days of football in La Liga this week, but for the purposes of compiling this list the fixtures between Friday and Monday this coming weekend will be the primary focus this week. That will be round 7 of La Liga’s matches. Real Valladolid, for example, welcome Levante to José Zorrilla on Thursday before travelling to Villarreal on Sunday. It will be a busy few days for La Liga players for sure! It is going to be a 4-3-3 formation this week, so with that in mind let’s get down to it!

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Barcelona set for squad rotation in April

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Barcelona remain on course to win the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League titles this season, but manager Ernesto Valverde will need to do some tinkering.

The Catalans have won the treble three times before, in 1958-59, and famously under Pep Guardiola in 2008-09, and again under Luis Enrique in 2014-15.

However given the tame predictions of how they would fare under Valverde this season, at the start of the campaign, this season could be the biggest achievement yet.

The former Athletic Bilbao boss has diligently redeveloped Barcelona’s tactical approach, as their Golden Generation enters their thirties, and a need for new blood emerges.

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Sergio Roberto proving vital in Barcelona title charge

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One common feature in title-winning sides is their strength in depth, squad members that make a decisive impact on a title push – contributing at key times when star names are not shining as bright.

Barcelona push for the La Liga title in 2017-18 looks to be gaining momentum with every week, with supposed stumbling blocks and difficult away ties navigated as the points continue to add up.

Ernesto Valverde’s first season in charge has far exceeded expectation, particularly as at the start of the season it was widely predicted that Barcelona would have to sit back and watch as their great rivals Real Madrid swept all before them. Continue reading