COPA DEL REY QUARTERFINALS
The possible line-ups of the Athletic Club-FC Barcelona of the Copa del Rey
Published:5/02/2020 - 22:14h
Updated:5/02/2020 - 23:04h
FC Barcelona arrives under pressure to the Copa del Rey quarterfinals, and has a difficult test against Athletic Club. Quique Setién has several line-ups available, but his only goal is to achieve the victory in San Mamés
It does some months that the rumours of crisis rondan by the City Condal, but in spite of the explosion of the last days, the FC Barcelona has to centre in the Glass of Rey and in his appointment with the AthleticClub . With the new format to only party do not fit the excuses, by what this Thursday, from the 21:00 hours, the one who win will be in semifinals and the one who will not remain in chambers. Saint Mamés will be the one who decide.
The announcement of the Barça arrives with some novelties, and the main is the return of Arturo Vidal after leaving backwards some annoyances that prevented him be against the Raise. Net Walled, Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembélé complete the relation of lesionados, and Iñaki Crag will act like cancerbero acting. Besides, Quique Setién has called to more canteranos, and to the archer accompany him Álex Hill, Riqui Puig and Ronald Araujo in addition to the usual Ansu Fati.
One of the keys of this difficult clash will be the wear accumulated, since the 'lions' arrive after several eliminatory adjusted and with extentions and the limited staff of the culés, weakened by the drops in the wintry market and the physical mishaps, has prevented them prodigarse in rotations. With these letters on the table, this is our forecast for the party:
Possible alignments of the Athletic-Barça
- Athletic: Herrerín; Layer, Yeray, Núñez, Yuri; Unai López, Dani García; Williams, Raúl García, Muniain; and Villalibre.
- FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Hammered, Lenglet, Alba; Of Jong, Busquets, Arturo Vidal; Messi, Griezmann and Ansu Fati.
Although weeks backwards there were doubts on his knee, Ter Stegen is in full form, and there is not debate on his titularity was cual was the challenge that put by in front. Already it does a lot that the German reached a comparable importance only to the one of Leo Messi, and with quality, concentration and reflections is an absolute guarantee under sticks.
Setién Could move some pieces on the board, but there is several that seem innegociables. In the axis of the saga, with Samuel Umtiti pendente of a trial that will do him arrive later to Bilbao, the couple Gerard Hammered-Clément Lenglet could be ensured, and more with the canterano sanctioned for the next day of LaLiga. The most complicated question is if there will be relief in the sides, although the partidazo of Nélson Semedo in front of the Raise could give him advantage in front of Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba could have priority on Junior Firpo that needs to improve.
Of Jong-Busquets-Arturo Vidal
The centre of the field offers several very useful options, and the technician will have to choose which is the determinant to win. If it keeps the 4-3-3 that has given big resulted recently, is difficult to think that they fall Sergio Busquets or Frenkie of Jong, and with the help of perlas like Riqui Puig or Álex Hill very present, the true election will be the control of Arthur or the route of Arturo Vidal. If the Chilean is totally recovered, could be headline in front of an opponent that will tighten notably in the physical appearance.
The forward does not offer too many alternatives, by what Leo Messi will lead to a Barça in which they could repeat his companions. In a final by the Glass of Rey, the presence of Antoine Griezmann that has fulfilled in the tournament seems necessary, and also the one of an Ansu Fati that arrives with big feelings after a historical doublet in LaLiga. This yes, does not be necessary descartar alternatives, because the own Hill could give them a break and Setién already tested with midfield players like Sergi Roberto and Riqui like false extremes in case of need.