Xavi's big doubts for the Spanish Super Cup XI

Published:9/01/2024 - 13:34h

Updated:9/01/2024 - 14:12h

FC Barcelona arrives at the Spanish Super Cup with doubts, after leaving bad feelings throughout December and at the beginning of 2024. Injuries and the poor level of some leave Xavi with several unknowns to make the XI of the semis 'and the possible final

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The FC Barcelona arrives to the Supercopa of Spain with urgencies, after finish the 2023 with doubts and begin the 2024 more or less equal. In the première of year against The Palms, the culés won in the discount thanks to a goal of penalto of Ilkay Gündogan, and in the debut in Glass in front of the Barbastro suffered much more of the expected in front of a clearly inferior team.

There are footballers that are far right now of his best level, others that do not finish to start and others that arrive to Saudi Arabia with physical problems. By all this, Xavi Hernández has several doubts of face to the 'semis' in front of Osasuna and in front of a hypothetical final against Real Madrid or Athletic of Madrid. The Catalan trainer does not have so clear his XI as it fit to expect, being these the incógnitas that there is right now.

The injuries of Cancel and Pedri condition the planning

Joao Cancel and Pedri go to travel to Arabia, but is not clear if they go to be able to play or in case to do it, how much go to be able to be on the field. It seems that the Canarian has more options to be that the Portuguese, but his knee always is a subject with which go with caution. That both or that one of the two played would change a lot the plan of game of the Barcelona, commanding to the bench probably to Andreas Chistensen in case that it played the luso and to Sergi Roberto if it went out the Tenerifean.

Xavi will have to think it a lot if it wants that any of the two 'touched' form part of the XI against Osasuna or of the of the possible final. A relapse could be a lot of worse and the míster knows it, by what in principle will not risk if there is not a certainty that they do not run danger. Nevertheless, the doubts that is leaving the Barça are big and for the one of Terrassa so much the one of Tegueste like the one of Barreiro are 'intocables' and can not descartar that it have any of them or even with the two.

The irregularity and passivity of Joao Félix could 'command it' to the bench

The player yielded by the Athletic has gone in in a loop of the that is costing him go out. After beginning very well his new stage in the Barcelona, the Portuguese began to go down his performance and his efficiency goleadora, showing a level that already begins to concern. The '14' only has left a pair of big performances these last months, precisely against the Atleti and in front of the Port wine, two 'old' known, being irregular in the majority of the other crashes.

In the last meeting of the 2023, against the Almería, Xavi gave him a 'touch' of attention to Joao removing him in the rest by his passivity. This call of attention, however, does not have 'calado' in the luso and therefore the egarense him 'commanded' to the bench against The Palms in this start of 2024. The attacker had an opportunity for resarcirse in Glass with his turn to the XI, but in place of this went back to show very little 'blood', not helping grieve in defence and being totally inservible in attack.

All this does that Xavi was posing very seriously not having the one of Viseu in front of Osasuna and can that neither in a hypothetical final. In his place could go in surely Ferran Torres, that although to the fans follows him are to convince, for his trainer is working well and is surrendering well.

The paper of Ferran Torres and the one of Vitor Roque

To the thread of the suplencia of Joao is, as it has explained , the possible titularity of Ferran. The Valencian is the clear favourite to go out hit to the left in the XI against Osasuna and if it surrenders of form adapted also in the possible final. The one of Foyos is with seven goals the maximum second goleador of the Barça after Robert Lewandowski, and this, beside his defensive work, his tireless desmarques in attack and his mental fortress do that at present it was the best that has the Catalan picture for this side.

On the other hand, it is Vitor Roque, flamante signing culé of winter. The Brazilian is a '9' pure, but Xavi does not pose remove to Lewandowski to put him to him in spite of the toneless level of the Pole. It is therefore by what the normal is that the ex of the Paranaense was still in the bench. The only option that has to play, and would be all a surprise, is in left band in place of Joao and of Ferran. In front of the Barbastro the technician already tested him here, and although it is little likely, could be the big surprise in front of Osasuna.

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