Real Madrid will be looking forward to use the chance after Barcelona drew the important match, which have now opened the title door to it. Barcelona dropped the points with Sevilla after 0-0 stalemate in Seville on Saturday, now giving the opportunity to its biggest rival Real Madrid to equal the points and top the table head-to-head.
It is a huge blow for the defending champions to satisfy with a point as it has lost a two point lead with the Madrid which will equal the points if it secures a win against Real Sociedad and even top the table as Madrid is in front in head-to-head. Currently Barcelona is in the top with 65 points with Real Madrid just behind with 62 points having a game in hand.
Sevilla is in the third position with 52 points, holding the position to ensure the position in the Champions league.
Messi survived a yellow card
Though Barcelona had dominated the game with higher possession it was unable to produce a goal, which matters the most. Sevilla struggled with their form in the first half just before the drinks break. However, coach Julen Lopetegui instructions in the drinks break seemed to useful to bring back the form.
The best chance came in the game when Lionel Messi’s free-Kick was cleared by Jules Kounde who headed the ball over the bar. Barcelona made several chances though the players were not able to capitalize the chances.The first half ended with some scenes where Sergio Busquets and Fernando were booked and Messi missed the yellow card after he pushed Diego Carlos after he was fouled.
Sevilla attacking too was threatening when Sevilla find themselves in better position and had the better chances. Introducing Eber Banega proved to be more balancing.Lucas Ocampos nearly gave the lead for Sevilla, thanks to Ter Stegn with a brilliant save.
He also was quick in saving the shot from former Barca forward Munir El Haddadi. Sergio Reguilon had a glorious chnce to snatch a late winner when he was in good position for close range, but he was only able to hit a weak shot which was comfortably collected by Ter Stegn.
Luis Suarez, who started for the first time after the restarting of the season having previously missed the games too because of injury, failed to give a good shot when he blew the ball over the bar.
Martin Braithwate who started in the starting Line up too was not able to give very much impact too had some chances. Antionie Greizman was benched for the first time after restarting of the session as he continued to struggle to get his form in the Catalans.
He came off the bench replacing Arturo Vidal but once again he was not able to make the impacts the team is seeking from him.
Barcelona was not able to find the goals with several free Kicks and corners too, hence were obliged to share the points. Barcelona tried to the very last to press for the goal, including Ter Stegn running to head during the corner at the last minute of the match.
But nothing could be done than to share the points as both the teams could not add the goal in their score sheet. Now, Barcelona will be hoping for Real Madrid to drop the points against Real Sociedad on Sunday.
In a post game interview, catalan defender Gerard Pique believed that the league title defending is going to be very difficult as Barcelona drew the important match and he claims that the chance of winning has moved to Madrid’s side of the court, insisting it being on their fate for the winning of 2019/20 league title.