Barcelona welcome Celta Vigo to Camp Nou in La Liga on Sunday night time from the highest of the desk.
By the point they kick off in Catalonia, Barcelona might now not be driving excessive on the summit of the Spanish prime flight given Actual Madrid’s earlier fixture in opposition to Getafe. Nonetheless, final weekend the Catalan giants completed a jornada (gameweek) as La Liga leaders for the primary time since June 2020. Seven completely different golf equipment have held that honour since.
Here is the XI Xavi might deploy to make sure Barcelona preserve their lofty standing.
GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen – In opposition to Mallorca final weekend, Ter Stegen surpassed his private finest tally for minutes with out conceding – which now stands at 534.
RB: Alejandro Balde – Whereas Barcelona’s defensive assets dwindle with every passing minute, Balde is probably the most two-footed of the three left-backs the membership have match.
CB: Gerard Pique – Oscar Mingueza, the previous Blaugrana defender making ready for his return to Catalonia with Celta, admitted that “it’s kind of unusual” to see Pique on the bench for Barcelona. The glut of accidents in that place might usher the veteran again into the lineup, placing Mingueza relaxed at the very least.
CB: Eric Garcia – The 21-year-old started making ready for all times after soccer in his early teenagers when he first began to make a dent into his teaching badges.
LB: Jordi Alba – “Jordi the participant is nothing like Jordi the person,” Alba is eager to emphasize – which is fortunate, contemplating he will be so antagonistic on the pitch that opponents – equivalent to Kylian Mbappe a few seasons in the past – threaten to kill him.
CM: Gavi – The Italian worldwide Emerson Palmieri admitted: “I did not know him,” when Gavi began and starred for Spain on his worldwide debut in opposition to the Azzurri. Emerson and the remainder of Europe definitely know Gavi now.
CM: Frenkie de Jong – With the go to of Inter and el clasico quickly approaching, De Jong’s return from damage has come at simply the best time for Xavi to maybe relaxation Sergio Busquets forward of two seismic fixtures.
CM: Pedri – Born right into a household of Barcelona fanatics, Pedri’s father used to indicate his son movies of Michael Laudrup (earlier than his days at Actual Madrid after all).
RW: Raphinha – Since swapping Leeds for La Blaugrana, Raphinha has scored extra objectives for Brazil (two) than he has for Barcelona (one).
ST: Robert Lewandowski – In homage to Thomas Muller’s inimitable description of the Polish striker, the Spanish paper Sport have already dubbed Barcelona’s new quantity 9 “Goalandowski”, whereas Mundo Deportivo went for “Lethaldowski” – each far inferior to the unique; “LewanGOALski”.
LW: Ansu Fati – After showing from the off in opposition to Mallorca final weekend, Fati might make consecutive La Liga begins for the primary time in 12 months.