Barcelona are on the right path: The short one to the Copa, and the long one to LaLiga

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Ronald Koeman decided to rest three key players for the LaLiga Santander match against Real Betis on Sunday. That trio was Leo Messi, Frenkie de Jong and Pedri, who were named on the bench.That was in part due to the tough game coming up this Wednesday against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey semi final. The coach has repeated that the shortest path to a title this season is via the cup. That is why, due to the enduring schedule ahead of them in 2021, he decided to bet heavily on Wednesday’s game ahead of their visit to the Estadio Benito Villamarin.The first half, with those who rarely start, such as Miralem Pjanic, Riqui Puig and Martin Braithwaite, they confirmed their status as substitutes.By the hour mark, all the usual starters were on the pitch. The Argentine took just two minutes to score, and the ‘A team’ showed that they are hungry to win the league, even if it is the longest path.

They showed determination to turn it around and fought until the last minute without feeling sorry for themselves. That’s also what they did against Granada. A very good sign.Koeman has helped Barcelona get up to a high cruising speed. In 2021, they are the only team that have kept up with the frenetic pace set by Atletico Madrid. They keep winning and remain hopeful that Los Colchoneros will slip up. You never know what might happen.

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