Barcelona journey east to the Balearic Islands to face Mallorca in La Liga on Satuday night.
Mallorca is a poignant opponent for Xavi Hernandez. The Catalan-born midfielder made the primary of his 767 appearances for Barcelona in opposition to the island outfit, marking his aggressive debut with a objective for Louis van Gaal’s facet.
Here is the XI Xavi could watch on from the dugout in opposition to Mallorca this weekend.
GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen – The German keeper hardly ever watches soccer matches in his spare time and cannot be assured to determine an opponent. “Generally folks ask me what a participant’s title is,” he as soon as mentioned, “and I’ve received no concept.”
RB: Hector Bellerin – Doubts linger over Bellerin’s health following a priority raised throughout coaching however the former Arsenal full-back could also be risked with few various choices for Xavi in defence.
CB: Andreas Christensen – Sten Christensen – Andreas’ father and a former skilled himself – “needed to lie a little bit bit” about his son’s age to get the football-obsessed toddler enjoying earlier than he hit the nationwide cap of 5.
CB: Eric Garcia – Within the absence of Jules Kounde and Ronald Araujo, Garcia is successfully Barcelona’s first-choice centre-back.
LB: Alejandro Balde – Two months into the season, Balde has already matched the variety of appearances he made in his debut senior marketing campaign final time period – a tally which is barely set to develop.
CM: Franck Kessie – “The President” earned his nickname at Milan after by chance filling the parking spot of the chief membership official. Joan Laporta, be careful.
CM: Sergio Busquets – Barcelona‘s skipper is nearer in age to his supervisor and former teammate Xavi than his present midfield colleague Kessie.
CM: Gavi – In response to the nationwide staff supervisor that made him the youngest ever man (or, extra precisely, boy) to characterize Spain aged 17, Gavi was the “reference” in Barcelona’s academy.
RW: Raphinha – Till the age of 18 – the identical age as his clubmates Gavi and Balde – Raphinha was scrapping it out in Brazil’s varzea tournaments, which have been performed alongside the flood plain of his local people. From clay pitches to Camp Nou.
ST: Robert Lewandowski – The Pole has scored extra league targets this season (eight) than 12 golf equipment to date – together with their upcoming hosts Mallorca.
LW: Ansu Fati – Spain supervisor Luis Enrique made it abundantly clear that Fati wanted extra membership minutes earlier than he may break into the nationwide staff. Whereas Xavi will not danger overworking the injury-prone teenager, he could also be granted a begin after two weeks off.