Alaves have everything to win and nothing to lose against Barcelona – Abelardo

Alaves boss Abelardo believes his side has ‘everything to gain and nothing to lose’ in their La Liga clash against Barcelona.

The Basque club are without a league win in five and sit just outside the European places ahead of welcoming the league leaders on Tuesday night.

“We have to try to make things very difficult for Barça, making sure they are not comfortable,” Abelardo told reporters, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.

“We must be an aggressive team, both defensively and offensively, and try to cover their offensive possibilities by closing off the spaces.

“We cannot allow them to have time to think, covering their runs and attack very well with speed and especially with precision.

“Football is one of the few sports in which perhaps you are not superior to your rival but you end up winning.

“We know we must have a very strong day and also that they have an off day – you depend on them more than yourselves.

“We have already managed to win in the first round (of fixtures, this season) against Real Madrid.

“We know we have everything to gain and nothing to lose.”

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