LALIGA

Barça given longer to prepare for PSG first leg - thanks to Real

The sides' LaLiga week 22 games have been swapped to allow Los Azulgranas more time before their Champions League trip to Paris.

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Barça given longer to prepare for PSG first leg - thanks to Real

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LaLiga has swapped Barcelona and Real Madrid's week 22 fixtures to give the Catalans more time to prepare for their European clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona given Real Madrid's afternoon kick-off time

Madrid were in line to visit Osasuna at 16:15 CET on Saturday 11 February, with Barça facing Alavés in the Basque Country at 20:45 later that evening.

But with Barça's Champions League last-16 first leg away to PSG scheduled for the following Tuesday at 20:45, the Camp Nou club asked LaLiga for an earlier kick-off.

The alteration means Luis Enrique's men can arrive back in Barcelona at a reasonable hour on the Saturday and train the next morning before flying to Paris.

Real in continental action a day later than rivals

For Real, who begin the Champions League knockout stages 24 hours later and don't have to travel - they are at home to SS Napoli on the Wednesday - the change to the running order is unlikely to prove a significant inconvenience.

LaLiga week 22: fixture schedule

- Friday 10 February

20:45 Espanyol-Real Sociedad

- Saturday 11 February

13:00 Betis-Valencia

16:15 Alavés-Barcelona

18:30 Athletic-Deportivo 

20:45 Osasuna-Real Madrid

- Sunday 12 February

12:00 Villarreal-Málaga

16:15 Leganés-Sporting

18:30 Las Palmas-Sevilla 

20:45 Atlético-Celta

20:45 Eibar-Granada