Ronald Koeman with Jordi Alba in front of the Getafe


Koeman's options if Jordi Alba can't play Barça-Madrid

Published:22/10/2021 - 11:33h

Updated:22/10/2021 - 14:57h

Jordi Alba is a serious doubt for the Clásico against Real Madrid and Ronald Koeman is already thinking about options to replace the full-back if he does not arrive on time. The Dutchman has two alternatives, Sergiño Dest or Alejandro Balde

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Jordi Alba finished the party in front of the Dynamo of Kiev 'touched' and is serious doubt for the Classical of this Sunday against the Real Madrid. The Catalan could have a slight sprain of ankle and goes to time trial of face to the duel in front of the madridistas. If it does not improve in the next days will not be able to be available for the crash and Ronald Koeman will have to look for an alternative for the Barcelona left-handed lane.

In principle, the Dutch has two clear options to substitute to the of L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. The first and the simplest would be 'throw' of Alejandro Balde​, that has gone in in the last announcements of the first team. The left-handed lateral youngster alone has played two parties with the greater, with 16 minutes against the Bayern of Munich in Champions League and 42 in front of the Granada in League. In both meetings, the Barcelonan played because Alba was not available.

With little more than 50 minutes of experience to his backs and knowing to the trainer of Zaandam, is little likely that him of the titularity in a so big party as it is a Classical in front of the Madrid. However, the footballer is prepared in case it finish having the opportunity. The canterano, being still far of the level of Jordi, would contribute freshness, depth and speed in left band on foot natural.

By the contrary, Sergiño Dest, that is the another option that has Koeman to relieve to Alba, would contribute things very distinct to which is used to to give the '18'. The North American would play on foot changed and ofensivamente would throw especially diagonal, without giving the depth that could give a pure left side. The one of Almere already has played here in several occasions, any giving a big performance, by what in this sense there are not doubts on him. Nevertheless, it is necessary to have clear that the team would change a lot of attacking with him in this side.

Besides, it is necessary to take into account that the fact to have Dest in defence would force to the technician to change enough the eleven of the last two meetings. So much against Valencia as in front of the Dynamo, Sergiño was extreme right and contributed depth by this band, especially in front of the 'ches'. If it played in the left, somebody would have to occupy his place of extreme and obviously also like right-handed side.

The changes that would force to do the change of position of Dest

Óscar Mingueza or Sergi Roberto would go in in defence by the right as in the last two crashes. The problem would be in the right extreme, since without Ousmane Dembélé the Barça does not have to anybody that seats comfortable here. Therefore, the normal would be to change of system and bet by a 4-3-1-2, for example, with Memphis and Ansu up and Philippe Coutinho of mediapunta. Another option would be to plant of 'false extreme' to the own Brazilian in the 4-3-3 or even do this same with Fati or Depay and play with Luuk of Jong of '9'.

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