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Barcelona will hope to get back to winning ways when they resume La Liga duties on Saturday away to Rayo Vallecano. Luis Enrique’s side lost their first game midweek when they went down 3-2 to PSG in the Champions league.
It was the first competitive goals the club had conceded in 8 games this season.
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While they may have lost in Paris, they have still to taste defeat or concede a goal in 6 domestic games and they will hope to continue that run in a fixture that they have dominated in recent seasons.
The Catalan outfit have scored 29 goals in their last 6 meetings with Rayo with just one goal conceded. One man who will keen to extend Barcelona’s run in this fixture is Lionel Messi. The Argentine forward is just four goals short of breaking La Liga’s scoring record and while the player had admitted that he is not focused on it, telling reporters “Right now I am not thinking about the record,”
Despite his modesty, Messi did that add that it would be special, adding “But it is nice to be the record top scorer in one of the best leagues in the world. It will come when it comes.”
While all eyes will be on Messi. One man who come out from behind the shadows is Thomas Vermaelen. The defender, a summer signing from Arsenal, is finally poised to make his La Liga debut for the club after overcoming injury.
While Vermaelen may feature, Rafinha and third-choice goalkeeper Jordi Masip (fractured finger) will not.
Historically Rayo have struggled against their more illustrious rivals however back to back wins will ensure that the club are full of confidence going into the clash. After failing to win any of their first four games the club are now up to 9th after wins over Athletic Bilbao and Levante.
Paco Jemez’s team will be without one of his key players this weekend with Christain Alvarez definitely out with a thigh strain while Antonio Amaya has resumed training and could feature.