A have a look at the rumoured debut XI set to be fielded by new FC Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez this weekend has been offered on Friday night.
Derby lies in wait
Xavi, whose Camp Nou comeback was made official earlier this month, will in fact lead his new aspect into motion for the primary time in lower than 24 hours.
On the again of the worldwide break coming to an in depth, the Blaugrana will get their marketing campaign again underway in a highly-anticipated derby showdown with Espanyol on Saturday evening.
The conflict marks an essential one for Xavi even when placing the fierce rivalry between the 2 golf equipment apart, with Barca, as issues stand, dwindling within the depths of mid-table in La Liga.
This comes owing to a dismal opening to the season beneath the watch of now-former boss Ronald Koeman.
All instructed, the Catalan giants are winless throughout their final 4 league outings, the newest of which noticed the as soon as widely-feared Blaugrana give up a 3-goal benefit to finally depart Celta Vigo with only a share of the spoils.
3-0 down at half-time, Celta Vigo earn a degree with the final kick of the sport! pic.twitter.com/ws5Po5IY6P
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) November 6, 2021
Abde in from the off?
In flip, it’s protected to say that Xavi might want to set up which gamers he can rely upon from the get-go, to guarantee that his journey on the Blaugrana bench will get off to probably the most fruitful begin potential.
And, as alluded to above, on Friday, an perception into the members of the first-team setup in Catalunya to have impressed their new boss most has been offered, by way of a predicted XI to face Espanyol.
The data comes courtesy of Javier Giraldo of Diario Sport.
Unsurprisingly, first-choice shot-stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is tipped to take care of his spot in between the posts, behind a 4-man backline of Oscar Mingueza, Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia and Jordi Alba.
In the midst of the park, the acquainted pairing of Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong will function from the off, alongside teenager Nico, as long as the up-and-coming midfielder can get well full health in time.
Additionally anticipated to take care of his beginning standing is fellow La Masia graduate Gavi, albeit in a extra superior position than he’s maybe used to.
Memphis Depay, in the meantime, will occupy the central attacking position, however probably the most eye-catching member of Xavi’s alleged maiden Blaugrana line-up, with out query, comes out huge, within the type of 19-year-old Abdessamad Ezzalzouli, generally known as Abde.
💥 Arranca la period Xavi
🔛 El derbi recupera su esencia: Barça y Espanyol vuelven a medirse en el esperadísimo estreno nuevo técnico
— Diario SPORT (@sport) November 19, 2021