Barca seek sixth straight win at spirited Slavia
Prague (AFP) – Barcelona will be looking to extend their five-game winning streak when they take on Champions League underdogs Slavia Prague in the teams’ first-ever encounter in Prague on Wednesday.
Brushing aside political turmoil around them, Ernesto Valverde’s men eased past Eibar 3-0 away on Saturday with goals from Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann.
Last week the two giants agreed to postpone the Clasico, which would have been a showdown for the top league spot, from next Saturday to December because of the protests in Catalonia.
In a much calmer Prague, reigning Czech champions Slavia came back from a goal down to see off minnows Pribram 3-1 on Saturday to secure a six-point lead in the Czech top flight.
Barcelona relished their attacking form after the Eibar clash, giving Slavia a cause for concern.
“There will be better or worse days, but we are getting to know each other little by little and we will go to more,” Griezmann said after the game.
“Great players always understand each other and always meet. In the end, with time and with matches they will still find more and better,” added coach Valverde.
– ‘Unbelievable forwards’ –
An underdog in Wednesday’s clash, Slavia are building up confidence, betting on a physical style and tireless pressing promoted by coach Jindrich Trpisovsky.
“We’ll go to the pitch knowing we can succeed,” said defensive midfielder Tomas Soucek, the Slavia captain.
“We want at least a point, we have proved we can face the giants and I believe we’ll give them a hard time at home,” added goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar.
The Czechs remember Barca’s last match in Prague where they were hosted by Viktoria Pilsen in the Champions League in 2011.