Barcelona vs Espanyol: preview, times, TV, how to watch online
All the information you need on how and where to watch Barcelona host Espanyol at Camp Nou in the LaLiga derby, Saturday 20 November, 2021.
Xavi Hernández will get his first taste of managerial life at Camp Nou on Saturday when Barcelona host Espanyol in the derby. The legendary midfielder returned to the club during the international break to replace Ronald Koeman and faces one of the most daunting rebuilding jobs in modern Liga history, and one that he will be expected to pull off on a shoestring budget. Not much will be expected immediately and even the rest of the season will be viewed as a work in progress as Xavi attempts to instill his ethos on a side that has been shorn of identity following the departure of Leo Messi and the tactical confusion of the Dutchman’s tenure. The World Cup-winner could have asked for an easier introduction and a considerable injury list will not help his cause on Saturday, but history at least favours the home side.
Pochettino the last Espanyol manager to beat Barcelona
Lionel Messi wasn't the first player to swap Santa Fe for Catalunya.@Aeroslavee gives us the @laligalowdown on how Mauricio Pochettino became an Espanyol legend on the pitch and on the touchline. pic.twitter.com/N5hHSuCjdN— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 10, 2021
Espanyol have lost only once in their last six Liga outings but have not beaten Barcelona home or away for over a decade in LaLiga, since another fêted managerial appointment across the way: that of Mauricio Pochettino, who masterminded Espanyol’s first Derbí Barceloní victory in 27 years at Camp Nou a few weeks after being appointed. Then, that was a genuine case of David taking out Goliath, one of only five domestic defeats for Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side that season as they swept to the title. Today, an Espanyol victory will barely raise an eyebrow. Barcelona’s last game is a convenient case in point, caretaker boss Sergi Barjuan watching helplessly as his side blew a 3-0 halftime lead at Balaídos.
Xavi knew the enormity of the task at hand when he agreed to try and fix his boyhood club and it can only be assumed he will be afforded the time, if not the financial backing, to make a decent fist of it. But it is also worth remembering that Joan Laporta was never as eager as the rest of Barcelonismo to welcome the architect of tiki-taka back into the Barça bosom. In an ideal world for Xavi and his numerous cheerleaders, everything will click for the home side as it did against Celta for 45 minutes. Espanyol, meanwhile, will view the fixture with optimism. Rarely have Barcelona been as vulnerable to a cross-city raid as they currently are and Vicente Moreno has made the step up from Segunda to the top flight look easier than most, taking his side to Camp Nou on Saturday level on points with their opponents and in possession of freshly minted Spain striker Raúl de Tomás, who sits joint-second in the 2021-22 Pichichi stakes.
What time does Barcelona vs Espanyol kick off?
The 2021-22 LaLiga clash between Barcelona and Espanyol will kick off at Camp Nou, Barcelona, on Saturday 20 November, 2021, at 9pm local time (CET).
In the US, that's 3pm ET and 12pm PT
Find out what time Barcelona vs Espanyol starts wherever you are in the world.
Where can I watch Barcelona vs Espanyol in the US and UK?
In the US and the UK, the following television channels and online services will be broadcasting the Barcelona-Espanyol game:
UK: Premier Player HD, LaLigaTV, Premier Sports 2
Find out who is showing Barcelona-Espanyol elsewhere in the world.
Barcelona vs Espanyol: live AS USA coverage
You'll also be able to follow live text coverage of the clash at the Camp Nou with AS USA. We'll be building up to the game from about an hour ahead of kick-off in Barcelona before taking you through the action as it unfolds.
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