Lionel Messi and Barcelona are riding high after destroying Manchester City in the Champions League. Will they continue to dominate when they face Valencia in La Liga on Oct. 22? Don’t miss this game – click to watch!
Valencia has quite a challenge ahead of itself. They’ll welcome the back-to-back champs, Barcelona, to Mestalla Stadium. After watching Lionel Messi pull off an incredible performance, will Los Murciélagos be intimidated in this match? Or will Barca find Valencia a tougher challenge than expected? The game is set for 10:15 AM ET so be ready to watch every second of this match.
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Despite being at 14th place in La Liga, Valencia (or Los Che or The Bats) are considered to be one of the biggest thorns in Barca’s side. Outside of a Feb. 3 affair where Barcelona blanked Valencia, 7-0, Los Che have been able to hold their own against the champs. They even defeated Barca in an April 17 game, 2-1. With Valencia’s home turf known as “one of the most hostile environments in Spain,” per SB Nation, this match could be quite the downer for Barca.
The Catalan squad is on a high after watching Messi pull off a hat trick against Manchester City in an Oct. 19 Champions League match. Sure, Neymar, 24, also scored a goal in the 4-0 shutout, but Lionel was even involved in that point (he was credited with an assist.) It seems that after being shelved with a groin injury, Messi wanted to prove to everyone he was back.
Valencia started the new season of La Liga poorly, dropping their four games. They then dropped Pako Ayestaran, 53, as the club fired the manager with Fiorentina’s ex-manager, Cesare Prandelli, 59. It seemed to work, as he helped them score over Sporting Gijon, 2-1.
“We played with a lot of intensity on a very difficult pitch against a well organized opponent,” he said, per ESPN. “I’m very happy but we have a lot of work to do.” Indeed, they do have a lot of work to do – and very little time, as Barcelona is already knocking at their stadium door.
Who do you think will win this game, HollywoodLifers? Barcelona or Valencia?