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Crazy! The brutal data that demonstrates Xavi's inventiveness in defense

Published:21/02/2023 - 11:53h

Updated:22/02/2023 - 12:41h

Xavi Hernández has made 26 different defensive line-ups in the 34 games he has played so far this season. An unusually high number for this stage of the campaign

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The good feelings that is leaving the FC Barcelona in LaLiga is, partly, to the big defensive solidity of the team. Names like Ronald Araújo, Jules Koundé and Andreas Christensen are being absolute protagonists in the alignments of Xavi Hernández, although no always kept like referents along all the season.

In fact, the technician has done a big number of rotations in the defensive line so much in the domestic tournament as to international level. In the 34 commitments that has contested the club in the campaign has had 26 different trainings deep down, a very surprising number due to the fact that it is little usual to do so many modifications to these heights of the course.

The alignment of Koundé, Christensen, Eric García and Balde in front of the Cádiz was unpublished and so much movement is due to the different factors that have occurred in the 2022/23. The injuries forced to the míster to reordenar the positions and also award him a different role to some names of the plantel, as Marcos Alonso and the own Koundé. Both have acted like head office and lateral right respectively, two extraneous papers to his habits but that little by little have gone adapting to his cotidianidad.

The retreat of Gerard Hammered before the stop mundialista and the exit in winter of Héctor Bellerín also have done that the saga have to suffer some changes. To the day of today, the background line more used by Xavi is the compound by Koundé, Araújo, Eric García and Balde in the parties in front of Valladolid, Seville and Elche in League and Real Sociedad in Glass of Rey. To her it follows him the formed by Koundé, Araújo, Christensen and Balde in front of Athletic, Betis and Villarreal. This last is the one who adds more whole to repeat in front of the Manchester United in Europe League.

Sergi Roberto, the joker in the defence

The polivalencia of Sergi Roberto have kept him like a piece of spare for the trainer for different sectors of the field. In spite of that his natural position is in the medullary, also can act by the right band and, in fact, has been protagonist in eight different alignments in what it goes of course in company of eight distinct mates.

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