From this Saturday on Barça face a demanding schedule with the three major titles at stake. In 18 days, Guardiola's side will play 6 games, including the Spanish Cup Final and the quarterfinal of the Champions League.
5 games in 15 days if we get to the semifinals
The pace of the competition won’t drop if Barça manages to qualify for the semifinal of the
Champions League. In 2 weeks they would have to play 5 games, 3 in the league, at home against
Osasuna and Espanyol, and away to Real Sociedad, and the 2 Champions League games, the away leg on
26th or 27th of April and the return leg at the Camp Nou on 3rd or 4th of May.
After the break in the league due to international matches and now confirmed that this weekend the
30th league matchday will take place, the club faces a very tight schedule that includes playing
for the 3 major titles at stake. In the next 18 days Barça will play six games, including the vital
double fixture against Real Madrid, in La Liga and the Spanish Cup Final.
League and Cup at stake
A major part of their chances to retain the league title will be decided over the
next 18 days. This Saturday, Barça are away at Villareal, where they have not lost since 2007.
Despite the favorable precedents, the 3rd placed team in the league is one of the strongest at
home, where they have drawn 3 and lost only 1 game. 3 days after the first leg of the quarterfinals
of the Champions League Barça receive Almeria, currently occupying a relegation place, but a much
more competitive outfit than the one thrashed 5-0 in the semifinal of the Cup.
On April 16th comes the first of two consecutive clashes with their great rival. Real Madrid
and Barça could be playing almost a league decider at the Santiago Bernabeu, 3 days before the
Spanish Cup final, where they’ll face each other again, 28 years after the Cup Final
remembered for Marcos’s goal.
In between, Champions League
Between the league games and the Cup Final, Barca will be playing to secure a place
in the semifinal of the Champions League. On Wednesday April 6th, Shakhtar come to the Camp Nou in
the first leg of the quarterfinals. It will be a tough match against demanding opposition, who will
probably be very defensive, but come into the game with the Ukrainian League title almost in their
pocket. The second leg will be played on Tuesday 12th in Donetsk, a long journey and also a very
tough game if Barça haven’t ensured a good enough result in the Camp Nou. Six games in 18
days, a marathon that will prove decisive for the rest of the season