Athletic Club-FC Barcelona: Possible lineups for the Copa del Rey quarterfinals

Published:23/01/2024 - 21:06h

Updated:23/01/2024 - 21:07h

FC Barcelona has a complicated Cup quarter-final against Athletic in San Mamés. For this reason, Xavi will take out the XI that can give the most solutions to the culés. It seems that the Barça coach only has doubts in defense

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The FC Barcelona plays a square in the semifinals of the Glass of the King this Wednesday against the Athletic Club in Saint Mamés. The Barcelona arrive to the crash ilusionados, but also very needy, since as they are the things in League, the most affordable title this course seems the copero. Nevertheless, they will be some very complicated chambers, since in spite of his defeat in Valencia, the bilbaínos arrive very in shape. The ones of Ernesto Valverde have done of his stadium a fortín inexpugnable from his first and only defeat in front of the Madrid in the debut suspender belt, and do not want that the culés 'break' this series.

The crash between the two better teams of the history of the Glass will live like an authentic war in which it will impose the one who better know to control the own nerves of the appointment. For this, will be important the election of the onces, and in the case of Xavi Hernández seems to have almost everything more or less clear. To continuation, our forecast of the alignments:

Likely alignments of the Athletic vs FC Barcelona of the Glass of Rey

  • XI of the Athletic: Unai Simón; Lekue, Walls, Vivian, Yuri; Vesga, Ruiz of Galarreta, Sancet, Berenguer, Nico Williams; Guruzeta.
  • XI of the FC Barcelona: Iñaki Crag; Koundé, Araújo, Christensen, Balde; Pedri, Of Jong, Gündogan; Ferran Torres, Lamine Yamal and Lewandowski.

Iñaki Crag

In spite of leaving some doubt in the Supercopa of Spain and in some another meeting, Iñaki Crag is being a good substitute of Ter Stegen. In Glass of Rey, against the Unionistas of Salamanca, was key with several stops, especially a double that will remain for the memory. Now, in a stage of maximum pressure like Saint Mamés, will have to show that it can be important in front of a rival of entity.


In defence there is two big doubts that have to see with the recoveries of Joao Cancel and of Christensen. Xavi already has declared that will play both, although it is for seeing if they split of start or him them 'save' for the second time. In the case of the luso, the most likely is that have a role of revulsivo not to run risks, since it carries three weeks stopped. This would do that Jules Koundé repeat in the right side, leaving a vacant square in the centre of the saga. In this case, the Danish, that yes has more options to go out of start, 'will litigate' with Pau Cubarsí by this place in the XI. The canterano 'went out' against the Betis and has won another opportunity, but the most possible is that it impose the experience and the status of Andreas.

Frenkie Of Jong-Pedri-Gündogan

After the good first part and the big reaction of the second in Benito Villamarín, is more than likely that Xavi repeat the 4-3-3. This would leave without options to Sergi Roberto, that would be to title beside Of Jong, Pedri and Gündogan in case that at the end Xavi decided by this diagram of game. Although it can not descartar that it can go out with a 4-4-2 to reinforce the midfield against a rival of quality like the Athletic, the Barcelona has to go out to by all from the first minute and would not be the best message play with an attacker less.

Lamine Yamal-Lewandowski-Ferran

Finally, after the 'hat-trick' of Ferran Torres and of the exhibition of game of Lamine in Seville, seems sure that both repeat in the XI of Glass of Rey. The Valencian comes enrachado and has to take advantage of his moment of form, whereas the canterano is the player more desequilibrante of the staff and has won a place in the right. Joao Félix, in spite of his golazo and to the good feelings that left in front of the Betis, will have to expect his opportunity in the bench once again. Lewanodwski, by his part, in spite of being substituted prompt in League by Vitor Roque, will go out in tip with almost total security.

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