Barcelona's Lewandowski Urges Teammate to Clinch Win Ahead of La Liga Clash Against Atleti, Girona

Barcelona's Lewandowski Urges Teammate to Clinch Win Ahead of La Liga Clash Against Atleti, Girona

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Barcelona are set to face rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga
  • The Catalan club have been unimpressive in crucial fixtures
  • A forward has sent a message to his teammate ahead of the crucial tie

Barcelona is gearing up for a challenging week in the ongoing 2023-24 season as they prepare to face off against Atletico Madrid and in-form Girona within a few days.

Xavi Hernandez's squad have faced criticism for lacklustre performances in crucial fixtures, notably suffering defeats against Real Madrid and a recent setback in the UEFA Champions League against Shakhtar Donetsk. These setbacks highlight La Blaugrana's tendency to falter during pivotal moments in matches.

Ilkay Gundogan looks dejected after the team's defeat following the La Liga EA Sports match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF. Image: Eric Alonso.
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Nevertheless, as they approach crucial matches against Atletico Madrid and local rivals Girona, a forward from the team has urged his teammates to deliver a much-needed performance to ensure they secure all available six points and close the gap to rivals Real Madrid.

Barcelona forward charges teammate

Speaking with the club’s official website ahead of the clash against Diego Simeone’s side, Robert Lewandowski charged his teammate to secure a victory, emphasising its significance for himself, the club, and their collective mindset.

“Victory is important to me and for the club and for the mind too. We need to take a step forward.”
"Facing Atlético Madrid is a formidable challenge. They are a strong defensive and offensive team with exceptional players. However, being at home, we must attack effectively to score goals."
"We need to progress. The season is lengthy, and our aim is to win every game to clinch La Liga. That's why we must secure six points in the upcoming two matches against top-tier league rivals."

Lewandowski's rallying cry holds particular importance for the club, especially for coach Xavi, who has been under intense pressure. Additionally, with reports from outlet Sport circulating about Barcelona's interest in hiring Real Sociedad's Imanol Alguacil as a potential replacement for the 43-year-old manager, the team's performance becomes even more critical.

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Joao Felix slams Griezmann

Sports Brief in a previous report highlighted Barcelona forward Joao Felix has hit out at former teammate Antoine Griezmannn following the French forward’s criticism of him.

Griezmann suggested that Felix may lack the consistency needed to thrive at Atletico Madrid, an issue that plagued him during his four-year stint at the La Liga club.

In response, Felix has hit out at the 32-year-old in a recent interview with media outlet Movistar+.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).