Lewandowski, 180 minutes. Christensen, 90 minutes. Gavi, 60 minutes and what he added against Cyprus. Gündogan, 90 minutes and the pending friendly against France. Raphinha, 90′ plus another match against Peru early in the morning on Wednesday. Koundé, 88 minutes and has the aforementioned match against the German team ahead of him. Lots of minutes for key parts of Xavi’s Barça.
This condition, with the fact that FC Barcelona has two important games ahead of it in just three days, meaning that Xavi Hernández will be able to introduce major changes in his next lineups. In these first four days, the ‘skeleton’ of the average team is almost the same. Changed only to script requirements. Read the injuries to Balde, Pedri and Araujo.
BETIS+ANTWERP IN 72 HOURS
On Saturday, in the second official meeting of the Montjuïc course, and Barça received a visit from Betis. A tough opponent, presenting bold, vertical football. Difficult touchstone for a Barça with 10 points from a possible 12. 72 hours later, on the same stage, debut in the 2023/24 Champions League. Belgian Antwerp moved to the ‘Magic Mountain’.
Context ‘invites’ us to make rotations. This league begins We saw very little of Íñigo Martínez, Ferran Torres, Fermín, Marcos Alonso or Sergi Roberto. They all have serious options to start any game. Betis is the one that has many chances to see many new developments. Joao Félix also has serious options to be a starter in either of the two commitments.
CHAMPIONS, PENDING SUBJECT
It is worth noting that Barça was eliminated in the group stage in the last two editions. And this time he is obliged to clean up his image. Although the opposite, a priori, is relatively low, Xavi leaves no room for speculation. Far from relaxing. We must start by putting our foot in Europe.
With a short template, but with bent positions, Xavi has a wardrobe to measure the minutes of his players. In addition, Fermín and Lamine Yamal and even Cubarsí and Casadó are ready to enter. In fact, Lamine is considered almost a starter. The winger broke the mold at 16 years old and the Vallesan coach did not hesitate to give him prominence.
Of course, the people of Egarense also know that they must protect and take care of it. After three consecutive starts, he has the numbers to rest against Betis.