The newly crowned champions of the Spanish Super Cup are back in action this week as Barcelona make another long trip for a Cup game, this time to the Spanish territory of Ceuta in the African continent to meet AD Ceuta in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey.
Barça certainly had a very nice flight back to Spain after a very productive week in Saudi Arabia, and having had time to celebrate and digest their first title of the season it is now about building on the success from last week and continuing to get better as they fight for three more trophies.
And if they beat the lowest-ranked team left in the Spanish Cup on Thursday, Barça will already be at the quarterfinal stage which would mean just three games between them and another final. Ceuta have been the surprise of the competition so far and will no doubt play the game of their lives against the mighty Barça, so this shouldn’t be taken for granted. Here’s how we think Xavi Hernández will line up his troops for this one.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Peña; Bellerín, Eric, Alonso, Alba; Kessie, Roberto, Torre; Ferran, Lewandowski, Fati
Ceuta (4-2-3-1): Mejías; García, Lafarge, Gutiérrez, Macías; Iglesias, Reina; González, Cuevas, López; Ríos
The Intercity battle will have taught Barça to play better, more urgent football and kill the game off as soon as possible. And given Ceuta are a much worse side than Intercity, I fully expect Barça to win this one comfortably: 4-0 to the good guys.