Barcelona travel to Valencia today in La Liga as Quique Setien’s side continue to adapt to their new manager’s demands.
Barca, who are top of the league but are level on points with Real Madrid, have beaten Granada in La Liga and Ibiza in the Copa del Rey so far under Setien’s charge, but have lacked incision in those games and this will be their first serious test.
Valencia are eighth in the league but were hammered by Mallorca last weekend as captain Daniel Parejo was shown a red card, and they will be desperate to take a big scalp with Barca looking unusually vulnerable. Follow all the latest action below:
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Barcelona have struggled away from the Nou Camp this season, dropping points at Athletic Bilbao, Osasuna, Granada, Levante, Real Sociedad and Espanyol.
Meanwhile, Valencia are unbeaten at home in La Liga this term, conceding just nine times in 10 appearances.
Quique Setien insists he is ready to pass his latest test as Barcelona manager ahead of his side's trip to Valencia.
When asked if the clash marked his first big test since taking over from the sacked Ernesto Valverde, Setien said on the club's Twitter: "My first big test was the game against Granada, and the second huge test was against Ibiza.
"I am not expecting any less from this game or the remaining matches.
"The opposition may be one of the top sides that you can face, but you have to pass tests every day. It is going to be a very high-level game, I am sure."
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Valencia: Domenech; Wass, Paulista, Diakhaby, Gaya; Cheryshev, Kondogbia, Coquelin, Soler; Rodrigo, Gameiro
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Lenglet, Umtiti, Pique; Roberto, Busquets, De Jong, Rakitic, Alba; Griezmann, Messi
Valencia have a strong recent record against the Spanish champions, famously defeating them in the Copa del Rey final last year to end the club’s trophy drought. However, Barcelona are likely to be re-motivated after a somewhat disappointing performance against Ibiza under Quique Setien. Antoine Griezmann found form in the fixture, scoring twice, while Lionel Messi was rested. Ultimately, the superior quality should shine through.
Valencia 1-3 Barcelona