The La Liga leading team, Real Madrid, has started the season off perfectly, but FC Barcelona is leading the chasing pack as it attempts to keep pace with them. The Catalans have won their last four league games despite having only 13 points from their first five games. In their UEFA Champions League debut, they destroyed Royal Antwerp 5-0, and Xavi currently seems to be getting the finest performance out of his team. The defence hardly ever gives the opposition’s attacker a sniff while their attackers are scoring goals for joy, which speaks volumes about their domination on the game. Concerningly, Celta Vigo, who are currently in 16th place, have already suffered three losses. The match between FC Barcelona and Celta Vigo will be broadcast on the Sports18 network at 10:00 IST. Barcelona 5-0 Royal Antwerp FC, 2023–24 UEFA Champions League: Catalan Giants start their season strong thanks to two goals from Joao Felix.
Although Ronald Araujo is getting close to being fully match-ready, the Uruguayan defender feels that this game has come too soon. There are no significant absentees besides Pedri, who is still out due to a muscular ailment. The strength of the front three—Joao Felix, Robert Lewandowski, and Lamine Yamal—lies in their ability to score goals. In the middle, Frenkie de Jong has appeared reliable and is their engine.
For Celta Vigo, Franco Cervi is the player that is absent, and his loss will be felt in the team’s offence. With his wealth of experience, Iago Aspas will seek to keep possession of the ball in the final third by involving Jonathan Bamba and Tasos Douvikas in the contest. With his forward passes, Lucas de la Torre can start swift counterattacks.
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Cancelo, Kounde, Christensen, Alonso; Gündogan, Romeu, De Jong; Ferran, Lewandowski, Félix (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Peña (GK), Astralaga (GK), Araujo, Iñigo, Balde, Roberto, Gavi, Fermín, Raphinha, Yamal
Starting XI: Villar; Mingueza, Núñez, Starfelt, Domínguez, Ristic; Beltrán, De La Torre; Aspas, Larsen, Bamba (5-2-3)
Substitutes: Marchesín (GK), Guaita (GK), Tapia, Dotor, Pérez, Douvikas, Aidoo, Swedberg, Vázquez, Sánchez, Rodríguez, Sotelo
Competition/Round: 2023-24 La Liga, Matchday 6
Date/Time: Saturday, September 23, 2023, 6.30pm CET (Barcelona), 5.30pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 12.30pm ET, 9.30am PT (USA), 10pm IST (India)
Venue: Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Montjuïc, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Mario Melero López
VAR: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: ESPN Deportes (USA), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), Viaplay Sports 1 (UK), Movistar La Liga (Spain), TSN 2 (Canada)
Online: ESPN+ (USA), LaLigaTV (UK), Movistar+ (Spain)