Celta Vigo centre-back Andreu Fontas believes it may be a good time to face Barcelona in La Liga this Sunday.
The 25-year-old former Barca player [pictured, left] feels Luis Enrique’s squad have had some very tough fixtures of late and may not have been able to prepare properly for the clash at Balaidos.
“After games so physically and psychologically demanding as those against Manchester City in the Champions League and Real Madrid in La Liga, and now with a lot of players going away on international duty, I don’t think it’s a bad time to be playing Barcelona.”
Fontas maintains that if Celta are at their best they can make things difficult for the Catalans, although he accepts Barca may have learned their lesson after the Galicians beat them 1-0 at the Camp Nou earlier in the season.
“I’m sure they’ll have memories from when we defeated them at their ground, so if anything they’ll be coming here more eager to win and retain their position at the top.
“It’s going to be tough but we are excited about the game and will need to be perfect defensively. We are a physical team that presses a lot, but we also like to have the ball.”
The Girona-born player admits that it would be good news if Lionel Messi did not play in Vigo as he struggles to overcome a foot injury.
“For me he’s the best in the world and regardless of form is a player who can unbalance any defender. He can decide games from dead-ball situations or with an individual piece of play, so if he’s not here it will be all the better for us.”