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XAVI GOES OUT WITH WHAT SEEMS TO BE HIS GALA XI

Napoli-FC Barcelona: Possible lineups for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16

Published:20/02/2024 - 20:41h

Updated:20/02/2024 - 20:41h

FC Barcelona visits Napoli in Italy this Wednesday to play the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. It is a very important match and that is why it seems that Xavi Hernández will choose to put what, player by player, seems like his gala XI right now

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The FC Barcelona has this Wednesday in the Stadium Diego Armando Maradona the party that could 'give wings' or finish to sink to the culés. With LaLiga complicated and the Glass of Rey and the Supercopa of Spain already stray, the Champions League is the big 'dream' and aim more real not to do a year in 'white'. In front will be a Napoli that arrives in his lower hours after the dismissal of Mazzarri and the signing of Francesco Calzona, that will direct to the team against the culés with alone 48 hours of preparation.

Although the Barça does not arrive neither much less in a good moment the reality is that the napolitanos are still worse and this is something that the barcelonistas can not desaprovechar. The culés have to go out to 'bite' from the minute one and to no especular with the result, since for the turn the Italians could be more in shape and it is necessary to try have advantage in the eliminatory for then. Xavi Hernández knows of the importance to take out a good result of Naples and therefore it seems that it will take out the one who he considers, name by name, his XI of gala in these moments.

Likely alignments of the Napoli vs FC Barcelona of the Champions League

  • XI of the Napoli: Meret; I Gave Lorenzo, Rahmani, Oestigaard, Olivera; Lobotka, Traoré, Zambo Anguissa; Politano, Kvaratskhelia and Oshimen.
  • XI of the FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Koundé, Araújo, Iñigo Martínez, Cancel; Christensen, Of Jong, Gündogan, Pedri; Lamine Yamal and Lewandowski.

Ter Stegen

Although the FC Barcelona has followed fitting goals with the turn of the German to the goal, his level after the injury is being quite good. In these last two parties has done several stops of merit and for a night of Champions so important like the one of this Wednesday his interventions definitely go to be keys. Meret, his homónimo in the goal of the Napoli, is quite irregular and here goes to have advantage the Barcelona picture.

Koundé-Araújo-Iñigo-Cancel

Seemingly, Xavi could enter a novelty in the defence regarding the last two onces. Pau Cubarsí, that was being intocable, could remain in the bench against the napolitanos. Xavi has fear to expose too much to the youngster 'perla', since an error in a meeting so 'big' could give the turn to the world, and therefore it could play Iñigo Martínez at the side of Ronald Araújo. The Basque carries already two weeks and average recovered of his injury and has shooting, experience and quality to confront beside Araújo to Osimhen, one of the best '9' of the world and the big threat goleadora of the venues. On the other hand, Jules Koundé and Joao Cancel will be still in the sides, as it already has sucedido these last meetings.

Christensen-Frenkie of Jong-Gündogan-Pedri

Until fichar to a pivote 'top' in summer, something that is prioritario, Xavi seems that it goes to opt for putting here, especially for important parties, to Andreas Christensen. The Danish, although it has not achieved 'cut' with the 'bloodletting' of goals that is receiving this season the Barcelona, has given him some balance without ball and with her is playing easy and with a lot of criterion. Beside him it will be Frenkie of Jong, that has to be importantísimo to go out with the ball played and of the that expects a lot in this Champions. Pedri, that will move by the left as 'false extreme', but that will have a lot of freedom, and Ilkay Gündogan, that has to 'throw of the car' when being the most veteran and the one who more and better has played in Europe, will exert of interiors.

Lamine Yamal-Lewandowski

With the system of four midfield players that so much likes him to the trainer in the meetings 'big', Lamine and Robert will be the offensive references of the Barça in Naples. The Hispanic-Moroccan will be extreme pure right, since from here is where is marking the difference, whereas the Pole will be '9' pure. Lewandowski Arrives in series after marking in three crashes followed, annotating even two in front of the Celtic, one of them an authentic golazo. The two have to be important, but if it is missing them help in the bench will be Vitor Roque and the recently recovered Joao Félix to throw a hand.

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