Barca seek away form lift across city
05 January 2012, 17:43
Madrid - Barcelona
have been imperious at their Nou Camp stadium this season but will be
keen to improve their patchy away form when they take on city rivals
Espanyol on Sunday as La Liga swings back into action after the winter
Pep Guardiola's side, chasing a fourth straight domestic league
title, are three points behind leaders Real Madrid after 16 games
despite humbling their rivals 3-1 in the capital last month.
While Barca are unbeaten at home, where they have won eight and
drawn one and scored 39 goals without reply, they have won only three of
their seven away games, netting 11 and conceding eight, and suffered a
surprise 1-0 reverse at Getafe in November, their only defeat of the
Guardiola told a news conference after Wednesday's 4-0 King's Cup
home win over Osasuna he expected a "difficult and physically tough"
challenge in the Catalan derby at Espanyol's Cornella-El Prat arena
Barca have won only two of their last five away games against
their neighbours, although they inflicted a 5-1 drubbing on Mauricio
Pochettino's team when they visited last season.
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