FC Barcelona have two games at Villarreal this Saturday –the first team are up against La Liga’s third placed team at 22.00 at the Madrigal, whilst earlier the B team face Villarreal’s reserves in their Segunda A game.
The different kick off times mean that the two Barça teams will not be travelling together, with
Guardiola’s squad journeying by train and Luis Enrique taking his team by coach and returning
straight after their game.
With the B team’s promotion to the Segona A last season, the two clubs’ reserves were
set to meet this year and by a fixture coincidence they will do so on the very same day that the
first teams play . This Saturday Barca B meet Villarreal B at 18.00 and four hours later the first
teams clash in a crunch game.
B teams kick off first
The first game will be played at Villarreal’s Mini Estadio of the
Ciudad Deportiva at 18.00 and it promises to be a treat for lovers of good football, with both
teams exhibiting some lovely football so far this season. The hosts have all but secured their
permanence in the division and Barca B are up with the top group of teams, seven points ahead of
First team at ten
Four hours later the big boys kick off. Both first team coaches, Pep Guardiola and
Juan Carlos Garrido, were previously in charge of their B teams. Juan Carlos Garrido won promotion
with Villarreal B two seasons ago and was appointed first team coach last year after Ernesto
Valverde was sacked, while Pep also took Barça B to promotion –into Segunda B, before taking
over the first team.