When Barcelona plays Alaves in the return leg of their Copa del Rey tie Wednesday afternoon, they’ll look to sweep the series.
Barcalona beat its opponents 3-0 in the first leg with mostly the B squad in tow. In fact, that first leg marked the first time an all-La Masia lineup took the field together.
La Blaugrana will look for their offense to keep scoring at a blistering pace for a hefty winning result.
On the other hand, Alaves hopes to beat the reigning Copa del Rey champions by a three-goal margin, but that’s wishful thinking.
What they do have on their side, though, is having no fear going into this matchup. Alaves is a dangerous team with nothing to lose, and La Blaugrana must be prepared for the kitchen sink to be thrown their way.
Barca will sit their star players, as they have locked up a three-goal aggregate lead that they will likely not relinquish. Among the noteworthy players who will probably start are Thiago, Sergi Roberto and Cristian Tello.
Their young talent will be on display and get valuable experience in Copa del Rey play. That in itself, will help the Barcelona team get stronger as a whole.
Barcelona, though, will not take Alaves lightly regardless of the last result, as they value the Copa del Rey title highly.
Their young players will hold down the fort for La Blaugrana and hopefully make some beautiful highlights along with it. Extending the winning tradition to the team’s fledgling players is an added bonus to the most dominant team in club football.
What: Barcelona vs. Alaves, Copa del Rey, First Round, Second Leg
When: Wednesday, November 28 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: First Row Sports
Where: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain