Barcelona welcome struggling Getafe at Camp Nou for the first game on Sunday night, the two teams enjoying very different starts for the 2021/22 campaign.
FC Barcelona are adjusting to life without the mercurial talent of Lionel Messi and managed to get 4 points with a home win over Real Sociedad followed a 1-1 draw last Saturday at San Mames with new signing Memphis Depay looking impressive in Bilbao.
Getafe is also adjusting to the new reality with a new manager to Michel in the dugout following the transfer of Jose Bordalas to the head of Valencia. It was a disappointing start to Michel’s return as two consecutive 1-0 defeats saw the “Azulones” nestle on the wrong side of the board.
The southern Madrid side have never beaten the Catalan giants at Camp Nou, with Barca winning 22 of the 32 official meetings between the two teams.
The Dutch coach was asked about the transfer window and the possibility of Mbappé going to Real Madrid: “Everyone who wants the best for this club is frustrated but you also have to be realistic, and economically the club cannot compete with other teams like PSG, City or United,Koeman said at a press conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with Getafe.
“It’s like that and you have to accept it. It will last a long time, it is not about finishing today or tomorrow. I have always said that you have to be realistic and know the situation at the club.
“It doesn’t depend on the best player in the world, it depends on the team and the mentality. We know we lack the best in the world and we need to have other things.”
asked his opinion on In pursuit of Mbappe by Madrid, Koeman replied: “If Madrid have the money… I would like to have it in my squad too. If you can improve your squad with these players, great. “It seems crazy and absurd numbers to me to pay so much money for a player who sees the world.”
Samuel Umtiti and Miralem Pjanic are players Barcelona want to move on, but Koeman praised the latter’s attitude and application despite his situation, both being part of the squad for the Getafe game.
“There are only a few days left to release the players who want to play for other teams. Pjanic is one of the players. His attitude is very good and that is why he is in the squad roster,” said Koeman said.
Getafe boss Michel says he’s motivated
Manager of Getafe Michel maintained his Getafe would go to Camp Nou with nothing to lose and were confident his side would find their feet after the two losses at the start of the season.
What time does Barcelona-Getafe start?
LaLiga 2020/21 Matchday 3 match between Barcelona and Getafe at Camp Nou will start at local time at 5:00 p.m. (CEST).
ET United States: 11:00 a.m.
PT USA: 8:00 a.m.
UK: 4 p.m.
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Where can I watch Barcelona-Getefe?
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United States: ESPN3, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes +, ABC, ABC App, ESPN +
Is the Barcelona-Getafe game available online?
The Camp Nou Shock is available in most countries through the rights holders online platform, if they have one. The best option is to check who is streaming the game in your country and if they have an online service or an iOS / Android app to watch it.
Barcelona-Getafe live on AS English
You can also follow our live text commentary here on AS English. We’ll set up for the game roughly an hour after kick-off before giving you a minute-by-minute review of Camp Nou as the action unfolds.