Athletic Club vs Barcelona Kick Off Time
NAME: Athletic Bilbao – Barcelona
DATE: 12 Mar 2023
TIME: 20:00 UTC
VENUE: San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain
Following a hard-fought win over Valencia and a rare full week of rest and training in beautiful Catalonia, Barcelona return to action for a crucial La Liga test as they travel to hell, also known as the Cathedral of San Mamés, to face Ernesto Valverde’s Athletic Bilbao on Sunday Night Fútbol.
Barça come into this one with a six-point lead at the top of the table thanks to Real Madrid’s win over Espanyol on Saturday, which puts pressure on the Blaugrana to respond and restore their nine-point gap. A potential title-deciding El Clásico takes place at Camp Nou next week, and Barça could go into the international break with a mammoth 12-point lead with 12 games to go to pretty much seal the title if they win the next two.
It’s impossible not to have next week’s clash in mind as a fan, and the players should also be thinking about El Clásico when approaching this one against Athletic. The only chance to virtually knock Madrid out of the title race next week is to win this Sunday and have all the confidence in the world along with a nine-point lead going into the biggest game of the season.
Barça really do need all the motivation they can get to face Athletic at San Mamés. Even those who have only been Barça fans for a short period of time already know just how brutal it is to play in Bilbao and face not only a very good, tough team, but also go up against what is without a shadow of a doubt the best crowd in Spanish football, which pushes their team to achieve a level of intensity and passion that very few teams can reach in any stadium on Earth.
Athletic Club vs Barcelona Playing XI
Athletic Club possible XI: Agirrezabala; De Marcos, Vivian, Martinez, Lekue; Zarraga, Vesga; N. Williams, Muniain, I. Williams; Guruzeta
Barcelona possible XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Kounde, Christensen, Balde; De Jong, Busquets, Kessie; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Gavi
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