Merciless Barca hit seven goals past Osasuna
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 27, 2017,
Apr 27, 2017, 15:54
Suarez was rested by coach Luis Enrique in Wednesday's game.
Barcelona is ahead on the head-to-head tiebreaker, but the two-time defending champion only has four games left, while Madrid - seeking its first league title since 2012 - has five to play.
Osasuna on the weekend played a 2: 2 home with Sporting, and thus practically designed her flight to Segunda.
Barcelona originally considered appealing the decision ahead of El Clasico but eventually chose to back down, leaving Neymar back in Catalonia while the rest of the squad jetted out to the Spanish capital on Sunday morning.
The Catalans have scored four goals in their past four matches at home against Osasuna, and are now on a nine-match unbeaten La Liga streak at the Camp Nou. That means that the Barcelona boss has just three first-team players missing from his squad due to short-to-long-term injuries. Furthermore, Rafinha and Vidal will also miss the game as the two long-term casualties are not expected to return to action until the 2017-2018 campaign.
Barca will still be without Brazilian forward Neymar against Osasuna as he serves the last game of his three-match suspension.
The hosts named a rotated team with the likes of Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta on the bench, while those on the pitch lined up in a 3-4-3 formation.
First up to the challenge were Barcelona and the little magician Lionel Messi, Andre Gomes and Roberto Torres all scored twice as Barcelona retained their La Liga lead with a thumping win over Osasuna.
Vujadinovic and Marquez's fellow defender Miguel Flano, meanwhile, has returned to training as well, but the trip to Barcelona is likely to be a game too far in his recovery. Winger Alex Berenguer and midfielder Raoul Loe continue their rehab work.
There is a doubt about on-loan goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, who has been suffering with discomfort in his shoulder.
Osasuna remain rock-bottom and will be relegated if Leganes beat Las Palmas on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi's stoppage-time victor at the Santiago Bernabeu blew the La Liga title race wide open, with Barca now above Madrid courtesy of their superior head to head.
Osasuna manager Petar Vasiljevic has jokingly revealed how his players believe they will need "handcuffs and a pistol" to stop Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi tonight.
That 3-2 victory re-opened the title race in dramatic fashion, but Barca must hope Madrid slip up in one of their six remaining matches if they are to defend last season's success. There will be surprises, for sure, and results people don't expect.