Barcelona are further away from the top of La Liga than they would have liked at this stage of the season, so no less than a win will do against Alaves on Sunday afternoon in Catalonia.
While Real Madrid are a couple of points ahead of Barcelona right now, it’s Girona who currently lead the way in Spain. They’ll be expected to fall away from title contention eventually but for now Barcelona must take care of their own games.
There would certainly be no excuse for failing to grab all three points from a home match against 14th-place Alaves on Sunday.
Here is the starting XI Xavi is likely to…