Team led by Francisco Pimienta will face the group leaders of group 3 this Sunday at 18.30 PM at home on matchday 5.
This article is originally written by our editor Thomas Marchetti and is adapted by Riddhi Nirkhe.
Johan Cruyff Stadium will host a game that promises good football. On one side is the culé team, which has 43 points and wants to secure second place. The other side is UD Ibiza, which is six points above Barcelona and has only conceded eight goals.
The two teams arrive in a good spirit: Both have won their respective matches from the previous matchday. The Catalan team beat Alcoyano 2-1 (two goals by Konrad de la Fuente) in a very important match to place themselves in second place in the fight for the promotion. The Balearic team beat FC Andorra by 2-1, who is also struggling to enter the first three positions. Being three points above the teams like Gimnástic Tarragona (40 points) and FC Andorra (38 points) is a good thing as two more matches are left before the group stage round ends.
The last meeting between the two sides was on April 11th of this year, where the Catalan team suffered a 2-1 loss to the home side. An own goal by Rey Manaj and a goal by home team’s Sergio secured the win for Ibiza. Gerard Fernández scored the single goal for the blaugranas. Until this match, the Barcelona B team was on a streak of 8 games without a defeat. The starting eleven in this game was: Arnau Tenas, José Marsá, Roger Riera, Comas, Mika, Nico, Matheus, Collado, Konrad, Peque y Rey Manaj.
Barcelona B’s current coach, Francisco Pimienta, was very excited about the role of his players on Matchday 4: “The way this team is competing is very impressive, the entire team is giving it their all in each play. We played one of the best games of the season,” he said on Barça TV. He also stated the importance of the match this weekend, “We are very close and if we win the match against Ibiza at home next Sunday, we will overcome one of the three stages, (and) we are going to try it.”