Ernesto Valverde should stay on alert on Three Kings Day when Barcelona travel to Getafe. In 2006-07 they suffered against the Madrid side at this time of year.
It happened on January 7, 2007. Barcelona, coached by Frank Rijkaard, visited Bernd Schuster’s Getafe and were given coal for Christmas.
Lionel Messi is the only surviver of that Barcelona squad, although he didn’t play in the game because he had suffered a metatarsal injury that kept him out of 18 games.
Messi will recall, though, how Xavi Hernandez’s 69th minute goal cancelled out Dani Guiza’s 53rd minute opener in a 1-1 draw.
Messi will also remember how later in the season Barcelona travelled to the same stadium to play the semi-final Copa del Rey second leg, after a 5-2 win at home, in which he scored THAT goal. They were thrashed 4-0 and turfed out in the second leg.