Argentine star Lionel Messi returns to La Liga after he was suspended for two games after he was sent off for the first time with his Barcelona team. Messi leads Barcelona’s offensive line during the match that brings him to his guest Athletic Bilbao, who received a red card in front of him, and that next Sunday evening, in the twenty-first stage of the Spanish League. Barcelona return to the Camp Nou stadium after playing eight consecutive away matches in all competitions.
The matches away from home have been a problem for Barcelona in recent seasons, but the team under the leadership of Dutch coach Ronald Koeman has won seven times during its last eight away matches, and its only defeat came at the hands of Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup final, which extended for an extra time and saw Messi dismissed.
Messi returned to Barcelona during the match against Rayo Vallecano yesterday in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, where he scored a goal during this match.
Messi scored 11 goals in the Spanish League, one goal behind his former Uruguayan teammate, Luis Suarez, who is the top scorer with his new team Atletico Madrid, and Moroccan star Youssef Nassiri, Sevilla striker, also has 12 goals.
Barcelona are third, ten points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who are out to meet Cadiz on Sunday. Atletico is expected to restore Mario Hermoso’s efforts, while Kieran Trippier will be absent due to the suspension imposed on him for his involvement in illegal betting. On the other hand, Real Madrid, who are in second place, seven points behind Atletico, are seeking to win at home to Levante on Saturday, hoping for the continuation of the strong performance of Belgian star Eden Hazard after the distinguished match he presented against Alaves.
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