September 29, 2023 at 11:20 AM #57886justseyiKeymaster
Xavi Shuffles the Deck: FC Barcelona’s Eight Lineup Changes for Showdown Against Sevilla
FC Barcelona is set to undergo significant changes in their starting lineup as they prepare to face Sevilla in a La Liga clash at the Montjuic Stadium on Friday. Head coach Xavi Hernandez had promised rotations following Tuesday’s disappointing 2-2 away draw at Mallorca, and he has certainly delivered on that promise.
In a nutshell, only three players maintain their positions from the previous match: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Oriol Romeu, and the impressive Gavi, who has demonstrated his technical prowess in a new role during Pedri’s absence. Several other starters from the last game at Son Moix have retained their places in the starting XI but in different positions.
Ter Stegen, who featured in 27 matches across all competitions last season, is seeking his first clean sheet in three games after conceding four goals in the past 180 minutes. Assisting him in this endeavour, Marcos Alonso takes the left-back position, while Andreas Christensen and Jules Kounde form a central defensive partnership.
With Joao Cancelo being rested, Ronald Araujo, who played as a centre-back against Mallorca, takes up the right-back role. As mentioned earlier, Oriol Romeu is the midfield pivot, while Gavi assumes a more advanced role. Due to Frenkie de Jong’s injury, Gavi is joined by captain Sergio Roberto, rather than Ilkay Gundogan.
In the attacking department, Xavi manages to accommodate Raphinha and Lamine Yamal, with one positioned on the left wing and the other on the right. Wedged between them, Robert Lewandowski reclaims his position as the striker, with Ferran Torres failing to make an impact in that role midweek.
Xavi anticipates a formidable opponent in Sevilla, describing them as “physically strong” and well-organized in playing direct, vertical football under the guidance of Jose Luis Mendilibar. Xavi emphasized the importance of home support and the need to regain their winning form.
With a victory, FC Barcelona can reclaim the top spot in La Liga, ahead of their leading title contenders, Girona and Real Madrid, who face off late on Saturday afternoon.
FC Barcelona Starting XI Vs. Sevilla: Ter Stegen; Alonso, Christensen, Kounde, Araujo; Romeu, Gavi, Roberto; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Lamine Yamal
September 29, 2023 at 10:14 PM #57936Shekinah BramaModerator
I even thought these ones will win 5-0
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