Barcelona battles fatigue from international week
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -Barcelona hopes to avoid a slip against Getafe on Sunday as its players fight fatigue from international friendlies midweek, and with Atletico Madrid lurking nine points adrift of the Spanish league leader.
Barcelona will play the better-rested Getafe at home, and will be missing injured playmaker Xavi Hernandez.
Nine Barcelona players started in Spain's 3-1 win over Uruguay in Doha on Wednesday. Lionel Messi helped Argentina win in Sweden 3-2, and various other international players also face a quick turnaround for the Catalan club.
Atletico visits upstart Rayo Vallecano in a Spanish capital derby on Sunday looking to break a run of four away games without a victory.
Third-place Real Madrid hosts Sevilla on Saturday.