Luis Enrique aims for 100th win as Barça coach at San Mamés
André Gomes is set to make his debut in the famous claret and navy shirt and Athletic fans already showing signs of anxiousness.
Tonight's Athletic - Barça brings to the end "Semana Grande" (Aste Nagusia), a week of festivities and parties in the Basque city. Athletic fans are hoping that their side can maintain the sense of goodwill in the city with a win over the current LaLiga champions tonight (kick-off 20:15 CET) after the disappointment of last weekends 2-1 loss in Gijon.
Barça have the utmost respect in visiting San Mamés (alluded to by Luis Enrique in his pre match press conference) but trips to the capital of Vizcaya have been kind to the Catalan side in the past decade with 5 wins, 4 draws and just one defeat.
With Iniesta still absent due to injury, new summer acquisition Andre Gomes is set to play in a game that could see Barça coach Luis Enrique secure his one hundredth win for the club and claim the record of the coach to reach that milestone in the fewest amount of games (126). It took Pep Guardiola 139 games to reach the "ton" of victories.
For Athletic, coach Valverde will look to the striking duo of Williams and Aduriz to cause the Barça rear-guard problems in the backdrop of a San Mames stadium with a new roof to keep out the infamous Basque meteorological conditions.
Athletic need to win to kick start their season and quieten the murmur of dissent among the San Mames faithful, Barça need to win to maintain pace with Real Madrid at the top of the table.
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