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FRENKIE DE JONG'S PRESENCE STILL UP IN THE AIR

Experience and hard work against PSG! Xavi thinks of Sergi Roberto for the Champions League XI

Published:4/04/2024 - 15:26h

Updated:4/04/2024 - 15:26h

Xavi Hernandez knows that leaving Paris alive must be Barça's main mission for the first leg of the quarter-finals, something that makes him think about the presence of Sergi Roberto in the XI of the Barça team

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Sergi Roberto is surely the footballer in which Xavi Hernández more trusts, and no precisely because this level of confidence was low in the Araújo, Lewandowski or Ter Stegen, but because the captain of the FC Barcelona perhaps represents the union of some characteristics that the míster looks for in some moments of the season, or of parties in concrete, and that does not find elsewhere.

Like this it explains the renewal of the mediocampista in 2022, moment in which Xavi asked that the canterano continued in the staff, even with a second year like optional, which finally finish executing. Now, and leaving to a side for one moment that Sergi aims now yes to leave the entity the next 30 June, the Catalan technician has he to try 'assault' Paris next Wednesday 10 April.

Xavi understands that it has to go with a much more contrasted midfield

And it is that 'Sportive World' signals that in the eleven headline that Xavi is outlining to visit to the PSG, by the gone of the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the name of Sergi Roberto is winning whole to be like this third mediocampista that follows without being clear. And it is that with Frenkie of Jong still in the air, even without working with the team this Thursday, and Pedri descartado for this party, everything seems recaer between the experience of the footballer of Reus or in the youth and good moment of Fermín López.

Except surprise of last hour, something that Xavi surely prays each day so that it do not occur, the others two places of the midfield are reserved for Christensen, like pure pivote, and Gündogan, in a role of inner 'mixed', that will have to help to the Danish to create game, but also advance some metres in the field to connect with the forwards, especially if Sergi Roberto finally is headline. The mediocampista does not offer so much offensive weight, but precisely the Barcelona technical body perhaps thinks in him by his characteristics a bit more defensive that the ones of Fermín.

A profile a bit more conservative to visit to the PSG

To the not being Of Jong, and Christensen 'debut' as mediocentro in a party of this magnitude, Xavi seems to be considering a profile of more wear, work and sacrifice, in addition to the obvious experience that can give Roberto. The Barcelona captain has not had a too notable course, but yes that showed his cost in front of the Naples in the turn, by what seems that if Fermín wants to be from the start in Paris will have to do it as 'false' left extreme, a role in which Raphinha has delivered good performances recently, and where besides are available Joao Félix and Fermín López.

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