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Xavi's doubts for Barça's midfield at the Bernabeu

Published:19/04/2024 - 19:16h

Updated:20/04/2024 - 03:23h

Xavi Hernández will have a big problem when it comes to defining his lineup to visit Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu. In the midfield, there are several doubts to be resolved before the return of all the midfielders

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Xavi Hernández has a 'blessed' problem of face to the Classical of LaLiga. For the first time in what it seems an eternity, will be able to have the whole of his midfield players and will have a big list of alternatives. Andreas Christensen, reconverted in pivote, Frenkie of Jong, Pedri González, Ílkay Gündogan, Sergi Roberto, Oriol Romeu and Fermín López look for a place in an alignment that, at most (and hardly) will have four means.

The FC Barcelona retells with Andreas Christensen and Sergi Roberto, those who fulfilled sanction against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and have appeared two vital players in this last stretch of the season. In front of the absences, Xavi bet for delaying the position of Of Jong and accompany it with Gündogan and Pedri. It added them Raphinha that completed the attack and, although of start gave good results, the team finish descompensándose. Against the Real Madrid, in the last party that have the culés to dream with rengancharse to the fight of LaLiga, the bet has to be much more conclusive.

Xavi has not defined who will be the players that position in the centre of the field, but knows that they have to be pieces that contribute control and that, besides, are able to brake to the means of the Real Madrid and 'help' in the coverage of the extremes, especially a Vinicius Jr that already did a lot damage in the Supercopa and that had free road for transitar in the last third of the field. The Barça knows that it has to multiply efforts.

The open stages for Xavi with his XI in front of the Barça

Andreas Christensen seems that has his place ensured in the base of the played, with the alternative of Sergi Robero, whereas Ílkay Gündogan also seems a fixed. It has been the player more regulate in this season for the Barça and his quality is not in discussion. It has turned into the brain of the team and his presence gives by 'ensured'. Only lacking who will accompany them: Frenkie or Pedri. In paper, the Dutch is the best positioned (because already the Barça will have, with Raphinha, to somebody in the highest of the square) and would exert his nearer functions to the base of the played that with intentions to attack, as it would happen in the case that it played the Tenerifean. The only factor that plays against of Of Jong is that his wear was upper against Paris Saint-Germain, place contested almost all the party (82').

The only stage in which the blaugrana can have the four midfield player (as in the beginning of season) is in case that Raphinha was not headline and was Pedri the one who occupy the highest part of the square, appearing almost like a false extreme by the left. However, if there is something that has showed the Brazilian attacker is that it is one of the players more in shape of the staff and comes to annotate him three goals to the PSG, two in Paris and one in Montjuïc. Also it seems impossible that Xavi Hernández seat to Robert Lewandowski or Lamine Yamal.

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