Luuk Of Jong celebrates his goal in front of the Granada

LUUK WILL BE LOW

Xavi's great doubt in his offensive trident for Athletic-Barça

Published:18/01/2022 - 21:02h

Updated:18/01/2022 - 21:02h

Due to the sanction for the Copa del Rey, Luuk de Jong will not be able to play this Thursday's match for the round of 16 against Athletic Bilbao, and Xavi Hernández only has Martin Braithwaite absent for the lead

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Xavi Hernández will not be able to have Luuk of Jong of face to the party in front of the Athletic of Bilbao of Glass of the King of this Thursday. The Dutch forward already lost the party in front of the Linares by dieciseisavos of final for fulfilling a sanction of two parties that has kept it moved away of said tournament, after having seen a red direct in the semifinals of Glass in the Camp Nou the past season when it was in the Seville.

From this point, the technician of the first team of the FC Barcelona will have several options to configure his front of attack. By hierarchy, four players play three places. Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, Ousmane Dembélé and Memphis Depay. Xavi has in front of himself two possibilities more for the offensive line: Abde and Jutglà, but of entrance split with fewer options to be headlines.

One of the most stressed doubts is the participation, or no, of Dembélé. Due to the fact that all seems to aim that it will go in June, this situation complicates even more the decision of Xavi Hernández, that up to now has stood out that will follow having the French extreme. Ousmane Is, of the four heavy weights, the one who more rhythm of parties has and the one who greater confidence generates.

Ansu And Ferran Torres contested his first minutes in the Supercopa after surpassing his respective injuries, and in the case of the ex of the Manchester City, be inscribed in LaLiga. By his part, Memphis did not jump to the field from the start neither in front of the Mallorca and neither in the classical against the Real Madrid afterwards to having surpassed an important muscular injury.

Take rhythm in this 'pre-season'

After having fallen deleted in the Supercopa six days backwards, Xavi prepares from the Friday the party in front of the Athletic. The egarense alone gave party to his players the Sunday, so the three forwards will have been able to do a 'minipretemporada' to be ready in Saint Mamés. It is therefore that so much Ansu like Ferran Torres aim to headlines in front of the Athletic, but persists the big doubt of the third piece in the forward: Memphis and Dembélé would contest a place.

Another of the big doubts is who will do the function of nine. In addition to the option of Ansu, outline also Memphis or Ferran Torres, that also has played of ariete. From here they are varied the combinations, an option would be with Ferran Torres like right extreme, Memphis of nine and Ansu like left extreme. As well as also form to Dembélé (left) and Ferran (right) in the bands and Ansu like leading centre, a position that could be alternated with Fati.

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