Barcelona, once we get into 2021, will have to face 6 matches in the month of January, 5 of them away. A demanding calendar in a complicated moment for Ronald Koeman’s men.
Barcelona ended 2020 with a bittersweet taste after dropping two points at home to Eibar. A draw that made evident Barcelona’s problems again, especially without Leo Messi, who has an ankle issue. And it’s now time to see what is to come.
These doubts about Barca’s reliability will be put to the test in the January struggle ahead of the opening of 2021. A very tough port to climb in an important part of the season
They will have to play 6 matches in those 31 days and 5 will be away. They haven’t done especially well on the road so far in the season. It’s a good time to improve it.
They will visit El Alcoraz first to face SD Huesca on the 3rd January. They will travel to Bilbao 3 days later to face Athletic- matchday two that was postponed.
With almost no time to prepare, Granada will be Barca’s next adversary in La Liga, before focussing on the attractive Spanish Super Cup that will be played in Andalusia. Real Sociedad will be the first obstacle to overcome on 13th January.
Days later, with the return to domestic action, they will face their last away match at the Martínez Valero, where Real Madrid drew their last matchday against Elche.
They will end the month at the Camp Nou, again against Athletic, but now in the match corresponding to the second round of fixtures. A tough calendar that Koeman wants to use to recover reliability.
And he will have to do so with key players missing. Without Piqué in defence, with Coutinho now out and with the hope of recovering Leo Messi completely, Barca are thinking about recovering to kick 2021 off the best way.