Barcelona, the La Liga leaders seem to have hit upon the slump of mid-season with the congested calendar proves to be heavy for the club. Ernesto Valverde has to decide if they have to rest the prime personnel for the trip to Sevilla on Saturday.
Barcelona has a lead of 7 points over Atletico Madrid and 9 ahead of Real Madrid, the rivals. This gives the coach some time to shuffle the pack as they are chasing domestic, as well as European glory.
In the Champions League, the Catalan is in control of their own destiny. However, the draw without any goals at Olympique Lyonnais implies that they have to defeat the French side in return leg for advancing. After they played Sevilla, Barcelona played against Real for the second leg semi-final of Copa Del Rey on Wednesday. The tie was balanced delicately with 1–1.
Gerard Pique has stated that he has been there a long time and history speaks that they always suffer a dip in the month of February and March. This usually costs them 3–4 games. The same had happened when Pep Guardiola had been the coach. He said that they will have to do their best to secure some good results even if they feel that they are not playing that well in the matches to keep up with their lead.
Real is likely to strike back from the humiliating home defeat last weekend by Girona as they visited mid-table Levante.